Award Info

The JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago was established to honor local NGOs, CBOs and civil society organizations that are national models of excellence, improving their communities and utilizing best practices in non-profit management.

The purpose of the award is to:

  • Formally honor the NGO, CBO and civil society profession and communicate the positive impact that these organizations have in the communities, villages and neighborhoods throughout Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Highlight the best practices of NGOs (effective management, accountability, good governance);
  • Identify emerging trends and underrepresented areas in the sector;
  • Identify key leaders who will shape the sector.

Following a merit-based selection process, a one-time award of $5,000 US will be awarded. These funds must be used towards the strengthening of the organization's structure and/or education of its staff.

This year's winner was honored during an awards luncheon at the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Professionals Institute held on May 24, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.


2016 JB Fernandes Award Recipient

2016 JB Fernandes Award recipient National Centre for Persons with DisabilitiesOn Tuesday, 24th May, more than 60 civil society professionals and stakeholders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad for the T&T NGO Professionals Seminar and the presentation of the 2016 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago. The 2016 award recipient is the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities.

The JB Fernandes Award, which celebrates local NGOs, CBOs and civil society organisations that are national models of excellence utilizing best practices in nonprofit management, is funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II.

The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) was established on December 5, 1964, originally to promote the reintegration of those who had contracted polio into society. The vision of the organisation has significantly evolved over the decades as NCPD works tirelessly to promote and create opportunities for social inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Today, the Centre is the only vocational rehabilitation centre in the country providing hundreds of individuals with the best opportunities for vocational growth and success.

Over the years, NCPD has developed a portfolio of entrepreneurial activities linked to the skill training offered at the centre. Thanks to their expertise in the area, NCPD has become well sought after locally, regionally and internationally, for their work in promoting equalization of opportunities, rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Services include vocational assessment and vocational rehabilitation training, business services, consultancy and advocacy.

The award presentation was held at the 2016 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar,, which was sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust and convened on 24th May at the Hyatt. As the winning organisation, NCPD received a $5,000 US monetary donation.

There were also three Honourable Mentions this year to the following organisations for their work:

ArriveAlive’s collective work—education, advocacy and support—has been focused on the problems faced on the nation’s roadways, including driving under the influence, lack of enforcement for speed limits and high road fatality rates.

The Esimaje Foundation’s mission is to empower men to take full advantage of available opportunities that foster healthy fatherhood functioning, positive leadership and accountability in the home, community and nation.

Moms for Literacy attacks the problem of illiteracy in Trinidad and Tobago at its root, delivering customized literacy programs to children and providing guidance counseling for parents on education and social issues.


2015 JB Fernandes Award Recipient

Representatives from Families in Action accept the JB Fernandes AwardOn Tuesday, 21st May, more than 100 civil society professionals and stakeholders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad for the presentation of the 2015 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago. The 2015 award recipient is Families in Action.

The JB Fernandes Award, which celebrates local NGOs, CBOs and civil society organisations that are national models of excellence utilizing best practices in nonprofit management, is funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II.

Families in Actions was founded in 1986 to address the growing problem of drug addiction in Trinidad & Tobago, offering counselling and group support.

Today, the organisation has broadened its original scope to address a wide range of problems that affect the family, providing in-person counselling, a 24 hour helpline, addiction screening and group support, parent and youth education, along with employee assistance and workplace support.

These services have had a powerful impact on thousands of families and the larger community with benefits spanning multiple areas of family's lives:

  • Program participants report improved family relationships
  • Parent-child communication improved
  • Increased academic and social performance and fewer conflicts in school
  • Domestic violence survivors more empowered to access counselling, protective and welfare services for themselves and their children

Working every day with its staff, volunteers, funders and other stakeholders, Family in Action is succeeding in its mission to "promote healthy family life, balancing social, spiritual and psychological needs" in Trinidad & Tobago.

The award presentation was held at the 2015 T&T NGO Professionals Conference, which was sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust and convened by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Veni Apwann on 21st May at the Hyatt. As the winning organisation, Families in Action received a $5,000 US monetary donation.

There were also two Honourable Mentions this year. One Honourable Mention was given to Cotton Tree Foundation who was also an Honourable Mention in 2012. A second Honourable Mention was given to Greenlight Network who was praised for their innovative work in getting people in Trinidad, especially children, excited about recycling.

J.B. Fernandes Award

The 2016 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence will be presented at this year's T&T NGO Professionals Institute in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 24, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

Award Contact

Laura Kaufmann
Global Learning Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 USA
E-mail: ttngoaward@iie.org