In 2001, Veni Apwann was born out of a need identified by a group of committed civil society stewards brought together to participate in a "Train the Trainers" workshop facilitated by the University of the West Indies, Institute of Business (now Arthur Lok Jack) and funded by the Community Development Fund. At the end of that meeting of minds, these leaders realised that though there were a number of initiatives focusing on building the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs), few were conceived, designed, facilitated or evaluated by people with practical experience in CSO management. So, they banned together and created VA as an innovative and participatory organisation to build the capacity of fellow CSOs. Over the years, we have worked to build capacity in over 500 CSOs.
VA remains dedicated to strengthening the civil society sector in Trinidad and Tobago today. With financial and technical support from the J.B. Fernandes Trust, over the past two years, VA has expanded from a network of committed members to an organisation with an office, training facilities and full-time staff dedicated to providing management support to CSOs.
VA is committed to continuing its work to strengthen civil society organisations through teaching and advocating for good governance, participatory processes and strategic planning across the board. Based on its in-depth understanding of the needs of the sector, VA has positioned itself to champion and facilitate the empowerment of CSOs. It is focusing initially on Trinidad and Tobago with the intention to expand to the wider Caribbean towards the end of the current strategic plan period.
Committed stewards of the civil society sector... yesterday, today and tomorrow
A dynamic, collaborative, strong Caribbean non-profit sector leading the way in improving the quality of life of its people.
Responsiveness to the needs of the CSO sector
Respect for the existing knowledge and experience of our beneficiaries and partners
Passion for life-long learning - for ourselves and others
Commitment to providing high quality service and building recognition of its value
To build capacity in existing and potential Caribbean non-profit organisations by providing training, technical support and guidance to empower them to become visionary leaders in their communities.