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August 10, 2016

Nassau, Bahamas, August 7, 2016— Last week, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), through its Resistance And Prevention Program (RAPP), organized a five-day workshop to train local facilitators on effective crime prevention strategies.


A total of 21 key stakeholders from the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, Department Social Services, Urban Renewal, Ministry of Education, the Bahamas Bar Association, law enforcement agencies and community activists participated in the sessions held at the Bahamas Red Cross headquarters.


PADF Program Coordinator, Mrs. Charo Walker-Morley said the certification workshop provided facilitators with practical prevention tools for crime reduction. “We targeted law enforcement and justice sector officials as well as community leaders who are actively involved in crime prevention to participate,” she said. “As a result of the training, persons are able to go into areas as facilitators for the RAPP program and work as catalysts within the community.”


PADF brought in detectives Mary Wheat and Jason Jones of the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Oregon to conduct the training. The team identified proven prevention and intervention techniques used to resolve community conflicts throughout the United States and in other territories in the region. Training modules for each session were structured around group activities, discussions and presentations on topics such as “Root Causes of Youth Crime and Violence”, “Gangs and Organized Crime” and “Understanding Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse”.


Workshop participant Donna Mae Humes, Chief Correctional Officer, Bahamas Department of Corrections, said her best experience was standing in front of the class on the final day and giving a presentation on “Communication and Effective Listening”. “The training will allow me to carry out outreach with female inmates in an effort to turn them away from a life of crime.”


The training comes after a series of initiatives put on by RAPP since the launch of its second phase back in April. Organizers work closely with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to impact urban communities through job shadowing, youth dialogues and mock court trials. Over 100 young Bahamians have completed job shadowing activities at RBPF headquarters, Department of Correctional Services and Bahamas Customs.


“Job shadowing allows young people to see how professionals administer law in the country. It works to build trust between the participants and law enforcement agents. By seeing the day-to-day operations in various agencies, they can interact in a positive way with persons in positions of authority and are exposed to real career options for the future,” Walker-Morley explained.


Last month, the program also collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Police Force summer camp and the Elijhay’s Hilltop Cottage Ministries Camp Extraordinaire 2016. Plans are in progress for the newly certified facilitators to set up community dialogues at venues within neighborhoods where persons can talk about the impact of crime and leaders can apply new techniques from the training.


RAPP falls under the Washington, DC-based PADF and is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In addition to work in New Providence, organizers will extend the program throughout The Bahamas including Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and Mayaguana. Currently, RAPP (Resistance And Prevention Program) is active in The Bahamas, Trinidad and Suriname.  

RAPP Project Director Makes Courtesy Call on Acting Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ferguson

June 31, 2016

On Tuesday 26th July 2016, Roberto Obando, Project Director of the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) and Charo R. Walker-Morley; RAPP Program Coordinator made a courtesy call on Acting Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ferguson at the Paul H. Farquharson Conference Center, Police Headquarters. 

RAPP representatives discussed matters related to training and funding for law enforcement officers and also training for at-risk youths.

Crooked Island Receives New Medical Equipment

July 24, 2016

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) received a donation from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to support the rehabilitation of a community clinic in Crooked Island, Bahamas, that sustained severe damage in October 2015 due to Hurricane Joaquin.

"We are pleased to partner with Royal Caribbean to deliver vital medical supplies to one of the most secluded islands in the Bahamas,” says Liza Mantilla, PADF's director of disaster management. “This clinic is a lifeline to the community. Thanks to this new equipment, it will be able to operate and continue providing care for local residents.”

With funding from Royal Caribbean, PADF procured the most urgently-needed medical equipment to facilitate the reopening of the clinic, which serves the remote island’s 330 residents. The clinic will now have a new examination table, vital signs monitor, defibrillator, centrifuge, electrocardiogram machine and a wheelchair, to help resume its day-to-day operations. In January 2016, Royal Caribbean and PADF donated 15 portable household generators to hurricane-affected families in Crooked Island.

"On behalf of The Bahamas government, the Ministry of Health and NEMA we are truly pleased with the partnership that has developed within the past year between PADF and NEMA in assisting with our Joaquin relief and assistance program," said Captain Steven Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). "Both the donation of the generators which were delivered to needy persons on affected islands and now the assortment of medical equipment for the clinics in Crooked Island is indeed greatly appreciated and will continue to go a long way in bringing relief, restoration and support to the island of Crooked Island."

The donation was made possible through coordination with the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency, the Ministry of Health and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Washington, D.C.

Since 2007, Royal Caribbean has donated more than $2 million to PADF to fund disaster management, community strengthening and sustainable livelihoods in the region. Oversight for Royal Caribbean’s corporate social responsibility program has been provided by PADF in 25 countries, focusing on timely response to and recovery from natural disasters and enhancing the prosperity and resilience of communities.

Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm, hit The Bahamas in October 2015.  Storm surges and heavy rainfall caused extensive flooding in the southern Long, Acklins, and Crooked Island, severely damaging housing, roads, medical clinics, communications systems, coastal ecosystems, and water and sanitation infrastructure. Initial estimates place the damage incurred by Hurricane Joaquin to be well over USD $60 million. 

Click Here to Watch the Press Conference: VIDEO LINK

About Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 46-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line sails 24 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

About PADF
PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to generate economic opportunities, advance social progress, strengthen civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2015, the Foundation reached more than 17 million people in 22 countries.

Pan American Development Foundation Hosts Regional Crime Prevention Conference in Trinidad

March 31, 2016

On March 14 and 15, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) hosted a Caribbean Regional Conference on Crime Prevention in Trinidad and Tobago. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain and brought together participants from The Bahamas, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. 


For more than two years, PADF has been implementing the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in close collaboration with law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in three countries. 


Since 2014, PADF has trained over 850 law enforcement officers and 7,500 at-risk youth and community members through its RAPP program. The program has also provided funds to implement small-scale crime prevention projects in neighborhoods with high crime rates.


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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.--Pan American Development Foundation Donation of Portable Household Generators to Crooked Island

January 14, 2016

Today marked the donation of 15 portable household generators to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for distribution to families in Crooked Island who were severely affected by the passing of Hurricane Joaquin in late 2015.  The donation is an important collaboration between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Royal Caribbean), the Pan American Development Foudation (PADF), and The Bahamas.


Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm, hit The Bahamas in October 2015.  Storm surges and heavy rainfall caused extensive flooding in southern Long Island, Acklins, and Crooked Island, severely damaging housing, roads, medical clinics, communications systems, coastal ecosystems, and water and sanitation infrastructure. Initial estimates place the damage incurred by Hurricane Joaquin to be well over USD $60 million. 


This assistance will allow hurricane-affected families to purchase and store food, as well as continue normal daily activities past sunset. This donation will be directed towards Crooked Island’s most socioeconomically vulnerable families as identified by NEMA.


Over the years, Royal Caribbean has contributed significantly and visibly to the well-being of communities in Latin America and the Caribbean through its partnership with PADF. PADF, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), was founded in 1962 with the mission of implementing socio-economic projects to benefit the most vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean. PADF makes this possible thanks to private-public alliances and investment in social enterprises. Since 2007, Royal Caribbean has donated more than $2 million to PADF to fund disaster management, community strengthening and sustainable livelihoods in the region.

Interview: International Day to Eliminiate Violence Against Women Events in Grand Bahama

November 30, 2015

ZNS Coverage of Youth Dialogue on Freeport, Grand Bahama in support of the International Day to Eliminiate Violence Against Women.



Bahamas, U. S. partner to host second Social Crime Prevention Workshop

November 9, 2015

For the second year the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has partnered with the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Education and The Bahamas Crisis Center to provide a course on Social Crime Prevention.


Members of the PADF, U.S. Embassy and Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) stopped by The Freeport News to explain the motive behind the upcoming course to take place on the Island, beginning at the end of the month. 


Charo Walker, Consultant with PADF stated that in order to help redress gender-based violence challenges, the PADF’s Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) in collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) have come together to launch the United Nations supported 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign in The Bahamas.


Walker said that since November 25 has been set aside by the United Nations as ‘International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women’ it is fitting that the course has been set for this time. “This year the root causes of violence, and prevention techniques by implementing and applying practical approaches to problem solving and situational crime through action planning will be examined,” Walker shared.


Read More: Freeport News


Walker Consulting CEO ZNS Interview

October 30, 2015

Charo Morley, CEO of Walker Consulting, being interviewed about her involvement in the commemoration of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women on behalf of our client, the Pan American Development Foundation.



World Learning and USAID US$5.8 million grant impacts HIV programs for NGOs in Jamaica and The Bahamas

September 30, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Fourteen NGOs in The Bahamas and Jamaica were recipients of a US$5.8 million, 5-year (five years in Jamaica, three years in The Bahamas) grant from World Learning (WL) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for educational programs, aimed towards HIV/AIDS prevention where over 17,000 people were impacted. Recently, a closing out ceremony was held in Nassau, Bahamas on September 18th, 2015 recognizing the Bahamian partners and the Bahamas Ministry of Health. 


Read More: Bahamaislands Info 

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

June 3rd, 2015

Editor's Note: At Walker Consulting we require full accountability and transparency in all the projects that we manage. We find this article very disturbing.


"The Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the quake, nearly half a billion dollars.


The group has publicly celebrated its work. But in fact, the Red Cross has repeatedly failed on the ground in Haiti. Confidential memos, emails from worried top officers, and accounts of a dozen frustrated and disappointed insiders show the charity has broken promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success.


The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six."


Click Here to Read More: The Haitian Times 

Understanding "Professionalism" In The Business World

March 4, 2015

Far too many people get wrapped up with the appearance of professionalism -- a look, an image, something that is superficial. The truth is, you can put on the fanciest, most expensive suit you want but that doesn't make you a professional. What makes you a professional is the seriousness and sincerity with which you approach your job. Professionals do not cut corners. Professionals are thorough, and oftentimes meticulous about their work. Professionals hold themselves to a certain set of standards they always seek to maintain.


Read More: Dale Carnegie Training

Why the Future of Work Is Already Here

January 22, 2014

It’s a beautiful afternoon as I write this post at the Dineen coffee shop in Toronto.

I’m also instant messaging a co-worker in New York City, about to get on a Skype call with our community manager in the Netherlands, and sending an email to our development team in Paris.

Some may think this isn’t an organized and efficient way to operate a growing company. To us, this is the future of work....


People criticize working remotely because they find it difficult to measure the number of hours their employees are working. What they forget is that going into the office does not equal productive work..


Read More Here: Entrepreneur

What’s in a (First) Name

January 8th, 2015

As goes our social world, so too goes the workplace. Addressing people by their first name is now the norm in corporate America (though not in the rest of the world — to the ongoing consternation of business travelers). And while there are critics and bow-tied traditionalists who will decry such an outrage or indecency or informality, I think that we all need to get with the times...


Read More: Harvard Business Review

Bahamas Energy Security Forum 2014

December 8th, 2014

Charo R. Walker-Morley, CEO of Walker Consulting, attended the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) Bahamas Energy Security Forum 2014 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on December 3rd, 2014.


The one-day forum brought together industry stakeholders, key decision makers, environmental activists, government officials and members of the public to deliberate energy-related issues.


Topics such as: Oil Exploration for Competitiveness; Greening the Bahamian Tourism Industry; Competitive Energy for the Bahamas; The Bahamian Grid Dialogue; and Alternative Energy for the Bahamas were featured on the agenda.


6 Things Really Credible People Don't Do

December 4th, 2014.

Trust is a major requirement in business, and in relationships in general. Without credibility, most people won't buy from you, invest with you, contract you, or, in some cases, even work with you. For the most part, people are very trusting until you break their trust enough times to lose your credibility. Then it's hard to turn it around. Even forgiving people will maintain doubt in their minds as to whether or not they should put any faith in what you say or what you will do.


Really credible people know that their honor and reputation are worth preserving. They go to great lengths to protect their credibility and maintain trust with those around them. They make sure that they never do any of the following things, since it only takes one mistake to shatter the credibility they have earned...


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The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals

July 14, 2014

 Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn't cost you anything but time.


Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.


Here they are, ranked by popularity...


Read More: Business Insider

4 Steps to Stop Soul-Sucking Meetings

July 6, 2014

Meetings are a corporate oxymoron: an essential practice that generates groundbreaking ideas but also sucks the life out of a workforce. Employees waste away in conference rooms trying to pay attention to others give languorous presentations on mind-numbingly boring TPS reports and listening to overviews with no impact on his or her job function. Don't do this to your employees.


Here are four key considerations you can use to keep co-workers engaged and productive...


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Walker Consulting Contributes to World Learning's Success in The Bahamas

February 14, 2014

"Four New Providence based non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Bahamas AIDS Foundation, Bahamas Red Cross, Bahamas United Initiatives and the Bahamas Urban Youth Development Center, have been carrying out HIV/AIDS prevention programs for the past year and a half with assistance from international non-profit organization World Learning..."Read More: Caribseek News

6 Tips for Entrepreneurs During the Holidays

November 20, 2013

If you’re an entrepreneur or self-employed, chances are you struggle with taking any real time off. Sure, your lifestyle may allow you to “work from anywhere,” but you’re not recharging the batteries when you’re chained to your smartphone or iPad, even while sitting at the beach.

It’s never easy for a business owner to take time off. For starters, taking a week off usually means no paycheck for that time. And more importantly, when you're a solo entrepreneur or small business owner, there’s the very practical matter of figuring out who's going to mind the shop and take care of clients in your absence.

Fortunately, with many clients and vendors also taking vacations for the holidays, the end of the year is practically the one time when it’s easy to sneak in some guilt-free and stress-free time off. Here are a few tips to make your holiday time off as smooth as possible...


Read More:  Mashable

7 Ways to Stop Wasting Everyone's Time and Get the Press Coverage You Want

September 18, 2013

Despite being some of the most innovative people in our society, many entrepreneurs are still approaching their PR strategy with outdated, inefficient methods. Over the last few years, I’ve had hundreds of conversations with founders who have noticed that we are frequently in the press. They always want to know, "How do you do it?" I don't have some special playbook, but I do have a few rules and tricks that I think are helpful.

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Association Eyes 'Doubling' Of Bay's Nightlife Economy

September 25, 2013

A newly-formed Association is aiming to “double the food and beverage, and nightlife, economy in downtown Nassau” within two years, having set itself the goal of increasing cruise passenger spending in this area by 31 per cent come year-end 2014.


Gevon Moss, the Downtown Nassau Partnership’s (DNP) project manager, told Tribune Business that the concept for the Downtown Bar & Restaurant Association received “flat out 100 per cent support” from the 21 businesses represented at its inaugural meeting on Monday night.


Read More: The Tribune

Consultants Target 20% Market Share

September 21, 2013

Bahamian management consultants are seeking to quadruple their share of a local market in which the Government awards up to $20 million worth of work annually.


Don Demeritte, principal with the Bahamas’ Chapter of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), told Tribune Business that he was targeting a 15 percentage point increase in local professionals’ share of this market.


Estimating that up to 95 per cent of consultancy work issued in this nation was awarded to overseas firms.

Read more:  The Tribune



Executives weigh in on 'being your own boss'

October 1, 2013

Leading real estate, healthcare, and finance executives will weigh in on the secrets of being your own boss during a panel discussion this Thursday, October 3 at the Nassau Yacht Club. The event begins at 6pm and is open to the public. 


Read More: The Nassau Guardian



Growing Popularity of 3D Printers

October 6, 2013

Not since the Spinning Jenny ushered in the Industrial Revolution has a piece of machinery been talked about with such hype. Acolytes of 3D printers claim that this new technology will change the world. These fanatics, mostly based in San Francisco or Hoxton, believe the “printers” will turn kitchen tables into factories and rip up existing economic orthodoxies.


Well, this week, as the printers arrived in Britain for the first time in any seriously commercial form, I put such bold claims to the test. Never has a revolution involved pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete so often. They were slow, they were fiddly to set up. But, by God, they were clever.


Read More: The Telegraph



How to Create and Run a Successful Yard Sale

November 6, 2013

If you are looking for a way to clear out the house and make some money for you or your organization a yard sale may be a good way to go.


Read More: Madame Noir

RBC Allows More to Qualify for Rewards Card

September 27, 2013

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is offering a Rewards Visa Business Platinum Credit Card, which allows businesses to receive reward points for every dollar spent.  


Read More: The Nassau Guardian



VAT Readiness Seminar for Businesses

November 12, 2013

The Seminar, hosted by the Ministry of Finance, will address issues such as expectations, registration process, preparing returns and concerns associated with implementation. 



  • Why Tax Reform?

  • The Legal Framework

  • Why was VAT the Best Choice for The Bahamas?

  • What are the expectations of similar jurisdictions?

  • Monthly filing requirements and accounting for VAT


Location: Worker's House Time: 10am - 3 pm Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Cost: Free

Welcome to Walker Consulting

September 16, 2013

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