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Animal welfare with the Caribbean people

Our project „Animal welfare with the Caribbean people“ starts with school programs in English and Spanish that teach children love for animals, the right treatment of animals and respect and responsibility towards other living beings.

We thank:


the Humane Society of Dominica for the permission to use their program in our school project on Barbados. More info you find Here!

the Asociación Nacional Protectora de Animales Costa Rica / ANPA for the permission to use their program and make it available to others. Here you find the download!

The school programs shall not only teach children the love for animals but enable us also to educate future animal welfare workers who will be able to take over many important tasks in their communities.

The school program of the Humane Society of Dominica is in use on Barbados since March 2018.

05/10/2020

3 years already Petra Bellamy teaches now in 9 schools of Barbados - 4 public schools, 4 private schools  and a learning center for disabled children with need for special learning aid. The school year on Barbados is divided into 3 terms, the first term begins in September and runs ‘til the Christmas holidays, the second starts in January and lasts ‘til Easter and the third begins after the Easter holidays and runs ‘til the summer vacation in June.

Here the most current photos  of some of the schools from the first term 2020:

All Saints, a public school. Petra Bellamy comments: „This year we have admitted first graders for the first time into the program. The girls, called "the blossoms" were really enthusiastic when I showed them a film about humanity towards animals, one another and the environment“

„Afterwardfs they painted…“

„and the result was given as a gift to other pupils as sign of humanitiy. The girls loved it and understood quickly what it means to treat animals, people and the environment with respect and care.”

Providence, a private school.

Also  here the pupils love Petra’s films.

And also they get an exercise to do after watching the film.

The picture shows dogs and cats in various situations around  Roy’s Market; on the street, endangered by traffic, tied to a light pole or locked up in cars with the windows closed… The task: Find the mistakes in the picture; choose a pet and draw how it is treated properly.

The children of the public school  St. Silas…

…had similar tasks to solve.

At St. Judes, also a pubic school…

…there is evidently no lack of computers.

The Learning Center, a private school for children with disabilities and the need for special learning support.

 Petra Bellamy has many friends here…

The curriculum ist he same as at other schools…

…with the computer…

…and on paper…

…the children paint…

…cut out…

…and fill in. And learn at the same time the importance of a „Daily Dose of Kindness“ for humans and for animals.

The friendly cool penguin is ready…

…and every child…

 …proudly presents an own version of the cool bird.

All are looking forward to the next lesson.

 

Great changes at The Hope Sanctuary!

The Hope Animal Sanctuary, so closely tied to our school project, where Dr. Katja Schirren spayed and neutered 2016 has experienced great changes

In December 2019  Cornelia and George Coulthrust, the founder of this beautiful and unique shelter, retired. Since 2003 they had fought to find, build up and maintain this wonderful sanctuary where so many mistreated animals have found a home. Regularly they reached the brink of bancruptcy but found always a way and new sponsors to insure the upkeep of the shelter at least for some time. Now the fate of The Hope seemed to be sealed. But the animals there must have a guardian angel! A new group under the chairing of  Karen Whittaker has taken over The Hope which is now called Ocean Acres Animal Sanctuary. Visiting their web site one quickly notices that they are battling the same financial problems as the former Hope Sanctuary. Homes are sought urgently for dogs and cats, some of which are already quite old and all possible efforts are made to raise donations and find sponsors. We hope very much that they will succeed in maintaining the sanctuary permanently.

Soon after taking over  the  Ocean Acres team visited Codrington , the first school to participate in Petra Bellamy’s school program and the first to make a field trip to The Hope in 2018. Since then the pupils of Codrington have organized annual food donation campaigns for the sanctuary.

Now the dogs came to visit…

There couldn’t have been a greater pleasure for kids!

Happily smiling faces everywhere…

…joyful children…

…and joyful dogs!


Of course there was going tob e a re-visit at the Ocean Acres but the children didn’t want to come empty-handed.

They baked cakes and cookies and organized a bake sale

Here some of their products…

The sale was a success. The kids took in 320 Barbadian Doilars.

Petra Bellamy comments: „These students are the result of our 3 years  "Educational Program" at the schools of Barbados. These junior-high students are the former elementary school pupils who have learned through our program how important it is to support the island’s animal shelters. Even though we thought in the beginning that the children in private schools wouldn’t actually need lecturing in proper animal treatment and care, admitting them to our program has helped to implement it also in public schools. The private schools opened their doors first, the public schools followed.

In addition we receive also financial support from the families of private school pupils who believe in our program.”  


March 6th 2020 the children started for Ocean Acres, loaded with pet food donations.

And as always they insisted to carry everything themselves.

After delivering the donations lengthy cuddling followed…

…equally enjoyed by kids and dogs.

Petra Bellamy: „The director of the Codrington School confirmed his support for the sanctuary. Annual donation campaigns and school projects are planned.”

When Ocean Acres, formerly  The Hope Animal Sanctuary, survives then the school program of Petra Bellamy will have certainly added to that, not just by current donation campaigns: These children will pass on to their own kids and grandchildren what they learned about animals; and pupils from schools like Codrington will hold influential, decision-making positions one day in the society of Barbados. They will support animal welfare on their island and change the face of Barbados. Presently though they have to live with the same restrictions as children everywhere in the world. Due to Corona the schools closed one week before the Easter holidays and most likely won’t open before the end of the school year. Since May 5th there are home schooling lessons online. Barbados runs a strict course against Corona: 24 hours curfew started one month ago. People are only allowed to go shopping twice a week, either in the morning or in the afternoon, regulated by family names. Barbados has so far 82 registered Corona cases and 7 or 8 deaths.

09/08/2019

In September the new school year begins in Barbados as in many other places. As in 2018 a summer camp took place also this year during the school vacation; this time not initiated by the police for endangered adolescents but by Petra Bellamy herself for a very special reason:

Petra Bellamy had heard that the community Bakers Woods had problems with wild monkeys and that people had been hired to shoot the animals.

Since the people who do the shooting are often not well-trained the monkeys are not killed with one shot but injured severely and suffer a long time before they die a horrible death.

Petra decided to offer a workshop about cruelty against animals for the children of Bakers Woods.

The parents agreed and soon the lesson started! More than 20 children of all sorts of families from Bakers Woods took part, as well as some parents. Planned was a lesson of one hour but the children were so thrilled that Petra had to teach for 2 hours.

In-between they played games:

20 plastic animals were put into a bag and the children were blindfolded…

…and had to take an animal out of the bag…

…and guess which animal it was.

Also pieces of paper with the name of different animals written on them were put into the bag and the children had to pull one out and imitate the movements of the animal written on the paper while the other children had to guess which animal was meant. They all had a lot of fun and in the end the children had understood that all animals, monkeys, dogs, cats, have feelings just like we do and they begged the adults not to kill the monkeys. The result was the termination of the planned killing. Now the community searches for humane solutions to solve the monkey problem. A more beautiful and convincing example for the success of the work of Petra Bellamy and the school program can’t be imagined!


02/09/2019

Since May Petra Bellamy teaches 6 classes of another public school…


…the Hillary Turner Hall Primary School. The children love her…


…which shows during the lessons. All participate very actively.


Proudly they present their learning material.

Altogether Petra Bellamy teaches already in 9 schools.

4 public schools :

  • St. Judes
  • All Saints
  • Hillary Turner Hall
  • and

  • St. Silas

4 private schools:

  • Codrington
  • Providence
  • Winifred
  • Montessori
  • and in the Learning Center, a school for children wih a handicap.
  • This is a phantastic result for a project that runs only 14 months yet!!

    02/24/2019

    The pupils of the Codrington School were the first to visit The Hope Sanctuary in June 2018. That’s when they decided to start a fundraiser for food for The Hope’s animals.


    And they kept word!

    The school had to rent a truck and a taxivan to transport the donations to theHope Sanctuary.


    The children insisted on loading the vehicles themselves.


    They formed a human chain…


    …and carried bag after bag tirelessly.

    And then of course they visited The Hope’s residents. These experiences they will remember all their life and pass them on to their own kids.

    A big Thank you to the school, the teachers and the parents who gave this action their full support.

    The new year has generally started well.

    Petra Belamy teaches now also in a Montessori school and is negotiating with a 3rd public school.

    Overview of the first half year 01/27/2019

    During the second half year Petra taught already in 2 public and 3 private schools…


    …and in a learning center.


    Since November 2018 Petra Bellamy uses also film material of the animal welfare organization PETA.

    The teachers and the IT staff are very helpful and go to great length to assist and make the lessons as interesting as possible. Often there are not enough chairs but that doesn’t effect the concentration of the children who are very enthusiastic about this new learning device. Afterwards they discuss what they have seen in the film and what can be done to reduce animal suffering.

    But the children show also great interest in the learning material of the Humane Society of Dominica, here children of the private Providence School.


    The children learn not only about domestic animals but also about wild life and species they have already heard about in their biology lessons.


    This little girl shows a picture that reminds very much of „Maya the Bee”.


    The children love Petra Bellamy and often welcome her with a warm embrace.


    St. Jude Primary School is one of the two public schools already participating in the program.


    Petra Bellamy teaches here the second, third and fourth grade.


    Pupils of public Caribbean schools wear school uniform; at St Jude the girls wear blue, the boys khaki colored outfits.


    And as in every other school where Petra Bellamy teaches the children are very attentive and seriously at work.


    Computer are nowadays normal learning tools also in the public schools of Barbados.


    If we succeed in teaching these young kids empathy, respect and love for other living beings, the animals of Barbados will have a better future.

    Overview of the first half year of our school project on Barbados (09/26/2018)

    Private schools were the first that were willing to cooperate with Petra Bellamy, Educational Officer of The Hope Sanctuary.

    Between March 2nd and July 29th Petra Bellamy taught altogether 16 times for 2 - 3 hours in 3 private and 1 public school, mostly 2 classes and 35 - 47 pupils. In addition several field trips to The Hope Sanctuary took place.

    In August Petra Bellamy taught at the Police summer camp, a youth program where her husband gives lessons about alcohol and drug abuse for endangered adolescents.


    Lessons in the summer camp were maybe a bit more relaxed than in the classroom…

    …but also here the kids worked seriously, learning not only about domestic and companion animals but also about wildlife on the land and in the water. The learning material with exercises for groups and individual children is very much liked and the children participate with great enthusiasm and attentiveness.


    Of course Petra Bellamy took part in the final ceremony of the summer camp.

    Chief Police Officer Superintendent Margaret Steven mentioned during her speech how happy she was that animal care had been part of the summer camp program 2018. She said that she is an animal lover herself and knows not only about the therapeutic effect animals have on children but considers it as very important that children learn how to love and care and treat animals properly.

    The children who visited the summer camp take with them something for life; the knowledge about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuses as well as respect and love for other living beings and knowledge about how to treat and care for them.

    Petra Belamy has held already presentations in 2 more private and 3 public schools and the private and one of the public schools have already agreed to implement the school program in the coming school year so that Petra Bellamy will now teach in 5 private and 2 public schools!

    First school trips to The Hope Sanctuary (06/26/2018)

    Info from Petra Bellamy:

    Two classes of the Codrington School and the Providence School have already visited The Hope Sanctuary.


    Petra Bellamy writes: „Just returned from the first field trip to the Hope Sanctuary with pupils of the Codrington School.

    The kids wanted to adopt all the dogs and one child wanted to buy The Hope.

    They will start to collect donations for food for the animals and, even more important, they have good ideas about how to prevent animal abuse by informing and teaching the people and they have already understood that spay and neuter is the means to prevent overpopulation of unwanted animals.

    Although some of these children won’t spend their whole life on Barbados they will surely live on other islands of the Caribbean and raise awareness there whereas others will stay and become our future animal welfare advocates here.“

    Of course caution was necessary and one couldn’t let a whole class of happily excited children into kennels with partly traumatized dogs that had been severely abused in the past.


    That was already a bit different during the second visit.

    ”We had the whole day time and let children in little groups of 2 and 3 to the dogs while the others lined up waiting their turn.”


    And of course they could visit the cats…


    The cats enjoyed their visitors and the attention.


    They were relaxed and friendly.

    It was obvious: The children have paid attention during class and have already learnt a lot about the right treatment of animals.

    The kids from Codrington School kept word and started a donation campaign for food for The Hope’s animals. Proudly they carry the donations to Petra’s car.

    03/03/2018


    First day in class at Codrington school in St. John, not too far from the Hope Sanctuary.

    Codrington school is a comprehensive school teaching both primary and secondary grades. The older pupils have a school committee and suggested to raise funds for food for the animals of the Hope Sanctuary at their next meeting.

    03/28/2018

    Lessons have started at two more schools: St. Winifred and Providence School

    The pupils who visit private schools don’t come from poor families but many of them will influence the future of Barbados and although they don’t grow up in poverty they often still have old-fashioned ideas about the keeping of animals. Therefore it is important to improve the attitude towards animals also here.

    And although these children grow up in a different environment than the children in poverty-stricken areas they see a lot of animal abuse. Petra Bellamy tries to make them realize that things have to change and teaches them not to look away when they observe something that isn’t right.

    04/20/2018

    St Judes Public School is the first public school that agreed to cooperate with Petra Bellamy

    05/09/2018

    Petra received a letter from Providence school thanking her:

    „Thanks for your session today. The teachers and children say that they loved it. We look forward to your next visit.“

    05/16/2018

    Codrington school and Providence school are interested in a field trip to The Hope Sanctuary. This will happen probably in June.

    05/24/2018

    First lesson at St Judes Public School

    Here are also children from poor families and as on all formerly British islands the children wear school uniforms.

    The children participate with great enthusiasm and ask right away when Petra will return. One child says: “You can come every day!”

    These are children who experience situations like these daily:


    Dogs tied up with heavy short chains that grow into the flesh of their necks…


    Dogs trapped in tiny, filthy cages…

    May Petra succeed in teaching these children the love for animals, awareness and empathy needed to bring about the necessary change to make pictures likes these become a thing of the past!