Sagicor partners with Chosen Hands for third year

April 07, 2022
Regional insurer Sagicor has furthered its investment in the young women of Trinidad and Tobago by continuing its partnership with the Chosen Hands Art and Wellness programme based at the St Jude’s Home for Girls. The programme, which was started in 2019, is managed by founder and artist Anika Plowden-Corentin. The programme’s goal is to provide the young ladies at St Jude’s with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurship skills, as well as create a safe space for mentorship and personal growth.

For the third year, Sagicor has donated to the programme, this time supporting its gender-based awareness workshops, slated for April, May, and August. The workshops, which form part of the overall programme, will focus on gender equality awareness and healing from trauma. This year’s programme has a theme of “Golden Thread,” and focuses on the importance of mentors who use their own life experiences to help the girls navigate what they in turn want their lives to look like.

Susan Mendez, Sagicor’s manager, pensions administration was on hand for the presentation and reiterated the company’s commitment to developing the nation’s youth. “Our youth are our future, and it is important for us to uplift them as much as is possible to ensure that they can thrive and have the tools necessary to navigate today’s world. We are pleased to be able to continue our support of Chosen Hands as they move forward with the great work, they have been doing in empowering the lives of these young women.”  

Director of Chosen Hands Leela Ramsingh said, “I’ve been involved with Chosen Hands since 2018. I feel strongly that it is important to give back to the community, that we elevate our children’s lives. Chosen Hands intends to take this initiative to Tobago and partner with NGOs there because we know how helping the next generation benefits all of us. I’m thankful for Sagicor’s support again this year and look forward to continued collaboration.”

Sagicor’s sponsorship of Chosen Hands furthers Sagicor’s commitment to gender awareness, following on from its 2021 campaign, Protect Our Women. The regional insurer poured $250,000 into the four-month initiative that included support of four NGOs dedicated to the fight against gender-based violence: the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago; The Shelter; the Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Families in Action, with $100,000 being directly donated to them to further their intervention programmes to bring awareness to and drive education towards the issue of gender-based violence. 


Bookbinder Akhela Guiseppi-Noel from Craftii Meraki poses with the young ladies of the Chosen Hands Art and Wellness programme at the St Jude’s Home for Girls, after conducting a workshop on how to make handmade journals and other stationery. This is just one of the many workshops that Anika Plowden-Corentin coordinates to give the girls at St Jude’s the opportunity to seek entrepreneurship after leaving the home.