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UMC Mission Team visits GARD Center

UMC Mission Team visit to GARD Center-March2014
Part of the United Methodist Church (UMC) Mission Team who visited the GARD Center on 25 March 2014, is seen in the picture to the right.  President of the Methodist Conference, Rev. Otto Wade and Mrs. Roberta Williams, Executive Director, GARD Center (standing), address the group.

Mill Reef Fund Members Visit the GARD Center

The GARD Center recently gave a tour of the ‘soon to be open’ Nature Center to friends and members of the Mill Reef Fund.  Some of the young people of Mill Reef have shown an interest in the programmes offered by the GARD Center.  In picture below, Executive Director, center, surrounded by Mill Reef Fund guests.
Mill Reef Fund members with ED visit to nature center Dec2013
In addition, the Center received a special gift from a newlywed couple, who married in the USA in 2013.  They asked their guests who would have been interested, to make donations to the the Mill Reef Fund to be designated to the GARD Center instead of buying gifts for their wedding.
The GARD Center sincerely wishes to thank this couple for their generous donation and wish them many years of happiness as they share their lives together.

GARD Center recognised by the Chefs of Antigua

For the past three months Chefs of Antigua has been broadcast on Antigua Broadcasting Services (ABS) the local TV station, every Thursday at 6:30 pm.  Chefs from all over the island have been showing the general public how to prepare great healthy food.  For the final episode of the first season, there was a 60 minute Christmas Special titled “Christmas at Curtain Bluff with Chefs of Antigua.”
During this special, two community leaders were honoured for their outstanding leadership and service in specific fields.  Chefs of Antigua wanted to acknowledge the work done at the GARD Center and invited the Executive Director to be a recipient of the Chefs of Antigua Community Service Award.
The presentation was held at Curtain Bluff.  Bernadette David of Hutchinsons (sponsors) presented the Chefs of Antigua community award plaque.
Award presentation from Chefs of Antigua through Hutchinson-Dec2013
In the featured picture, Mrs. Roberta Williams (R) receives Chefs of Antigua Award from Representative of Sponsor, (L).

Gilbert Agro-heritage Nature Center – RELAUNCHING 2014!!

Early in the New Year the GARD Center plans to have its Nature Center fully operational.
Various tours of the Nature Center can be organized to take you on a trip through beautiful gardens of flowers, flowering shrubs, trees and traditional herbs.  Exhibits will be found in the discovery room to provide interesting information in a fun way.
There will be an historic walk through time on our heritage trail for those trail enthusiasts.  The hike is one to three miles through the Gilbert dry limestone woodlands, highlighting the characteristic woodland ecology, plants and wildlife.  Other attractions will be a children’s garden and play area, local handicraft, soaps, condiments and other products for sale produced by the graduates of the GARD Center programmes.

EU Project – Monitoring Visit

Mr. Koen Rossel-Cambier, EU representative, visited the GARD Center on Wednesday, 13 November 2013.  He brought with him a local representative from the office of the NAO – Mrs. Juray Roberts.
They were introduced to the members of staff and tutors and both were given a tour of the facilities.  They also viewed first-hand a Weaving and Textile class which was in session.
–    Fruitful discussions included:
o   Project progress with emphasis on the results and their indicators as in the logical framework.
o   Project visibility and the visibility plan.
o   Preparation of the upcoming new disbursement request, with the accountant.

Mr. Rossel-Cambier was pleased to hear that the GARD Center is being considered to be an accredited CVQ Center.
The meeting ended with Mr. Rossel-Cambier taking some of GARD Center pamphlets and the promotional video and Mrs. Roberts stating their pleasure in meeting with the staff at the GARD Center.

GARD Center Celebrates 24 Years of Existence

The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) celebrates its 24th anniversary as a non-profit NGO in November 2013.
The Center wishes to sincerely thank all of its Friends and Well-wishers, Colleagues, Volunteers and Dedicated Staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the years to ensure that the Center is the premium training institution for youth and women in Antigua and Barbuda, that it is today.
During its 24 years of existence, the GARD Center has trained over 3000 persons in many diverse fields of interest, including  enterprise training, skills training in soap crafting, solar drying, tanning, backyard gardening, handicraft, tractor driving, yacht maintenance, plumbing, computer literacy, farming, farm tourism, agro-forestry, beekeeping, weaving of textiles, and many more.  The Center has also maintained outreach programs to meet the needs of special groups such as persons living with HIV/AIDS, unemployed women, youth at risk, persons living with disabilities, NGOs and community based groups (CBOs).   These programs have traditionally been for both young males and females.
Celebrate with us all throughout November and make a special donation to the UMC Giving Tuesday, 3 December 2013.
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External Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant Required

Request for Proposals

Consultant with the International Youth Foundation to carry out a follow-up study of graduates of the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program in Phase II, which was implemented by the Gilbert Agricultural & Rural Development Center in Antigua & Barbuda to train and place youth at risk in jobs.


The Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) was launched in 2008 by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the job prospects of under-served youth in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia. The regional program offers market-driven training in areas such as life skills, information technology, remedial education, and vocational and entrepreneurship skills, along with internship opportunities and job placement services. The program also supports youth serving as positive agents of change in their communities through its service learning component. During Phase I, CYEP benefited 1,100 young people across the region through job training, job placement, and other services. During Phase II the program is focused on expanding the menu of services offered to include entrepreneurship and career guidance, reaching an additional 1,100 youth, and strengthening alliances with public and private stakeholders.
The program uses an information system developed by IYF to collect baseline data from all of the registered youth and exit data when youth leave the program or finish the training cycle.

Purpose of the Consultancy

A consultant or firm is sought to carry out a follow-up study of 59 youth graduating from the CYEP training offered by the GARD Center in November 2012-March 2013 to measure the changes in employment and educational status. The candidate must have demonstrated capacity and experience in: 1) designing and carrying out follow-up evaluations and studies and 2) knowledge of youth employability issues. Expected products include the complete dataset of follow-up data collected by the consultant and a report of the follow-up study written according to IYF guidelines. The consultancy is estimated to begin mid August and end no later than October.

Proposal Information

For proposal requirements and further information, please contact Rachel Bernstein, Program Coordinator, at Email: