Established in 2014, the K1 Britannia Foundation focuses extensively on a variety of charitable projects in St Maarten.
Our projects over the last few years have been focused on rehabilitating troubled youth and children who are victims of abuse through a variety of programs, with a special focus on the maritime industry.
After hurricane Irma disaster relief became one of our strong focuses. We found ourselves on the forefront of the disaster relief in Sinnt Maarten, working alongside the Dutch Military and Coast Guard.
Major Pillars of K1 Britannia Foundation
- Second Chance Program
- Foster Care Program
- Volunteer Program
- Disaster Relief Program
Following Irma, it has been a challenge to secure jobs for our youths. There are relatively few jobs currently available on the island. The biggest job markets for youth are in construction and repairing of boats.
To help address these needs, we have set up two apprenticeship programs.
UK Apprenticeship Program:
As a pilot program, this year we have sent our first youth, an 18-year-old young man to England for a one-year certified apprenticeship program at IBTC in boatbuilding and other maritime skills. He will bring back with him specialized skills which aren’t currently taught on the island and a new experience that is conducive to his growth.
Construction Apprenticeship Program:
Our 12-18-month construction apprenticeship program starting soon will cover the basic skills of several aspects of construction, such as: concrete work, masonry, wood work, electricals, painting, roofing, etc.
As a foundation, we are primarily dependent on people’s help and support. It has been a struggle since Irma, as our projects have grown tremendously but our supporters have been hard hit, with many of them no longer able to help.
Right now, you have the power to directly impact the lives of youth on the island by donating towards any of the projects above. All are aimed at supporting young people in a post-Irma St. Maarten.
K1 Britannia Foundation
Front Street 43-R
Philipsburg, St. Maarten