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Coconut Telefax July 29, 2019

Axel and His Piggy Bank Teaches Children about Financial Management

A community project by Kiwanis Young Professionals of Aruba (KYPA) has recently been successfully received among elementary school students. The project, titled “Small Change,” teaches kids about the importance of staying within a budget, saving, and being financially responsible. KYPA stages a dramatization of the children’s book by the name of Axel and his Piggy Bank, written by Edseline Figaroa and illustrated by Leidy Ledesma, free of charge. The dramatization takes place in the local public libraries with actors Martica Lugay and Richard Dabian. Special thanks to Alexis Tromp for the recording of the audio.

The interesting theater session provides kids with useful information, delivered by literature and acting.

To find out about time and location, contact [email protected].

Kiwanis Young Professionals are grateful to Elite Productions & Entertainment, Paradera Party Center, EZ Party Solutions, and the national libraries in Oranjestad and San Nicolas for making this important project possible.


An Expo by Steffen Maas at Marhaba Lebanese Cuisine

Steffen, a Dutch-born graphic designer and teacher by profession, spent the last few years on the team of the Preparatory Course in the Academy of Fine Art on Wilhelminastraat, Aruba, and when the school unfortunately closed, he found time to devote to his own educational project ArubaABC.

The ArubaABC project wants to promote the unique Aruban culture to foreign visitors as well as to the locals. ArubaABC wants to stimulate literacy, reading, culture, and cultural awareness among kids and adults.

Steffen produces colorful, artistic illustrations representing flora and fauna, monuments, and places of interest, and offers the name in the correct spelling, in Papiamento, as a way of teaching language skills.

By purchasing any artwork, stationary gift, or educational item of ArubaABC, patrons support the designer’s desire to introduce ArubaABC in schools as appealing and effective teaching materials for the classroom.

Steffen’s card games help build language skills and cultural knowledge, and are suitable for anyone, from kids at elementary schools to retirees wishing to master a new language.

Recently,  Marhaba Lebanese Cuisine at Salinja Serca 9M welcomed a small expo of Steffen’s work, which is now on display.

The World Literary Foundation is the sponsor and the production partner of the expo.

Steffen points out that in his upcoming book, Mi Buki di Aruba, the spelling is according to the second edition of the Vocabulario Ortografico di Papiamento, as sanctioned by the Department of Education in Aruba.

Call 587-9588.


Miss Sunshine Reports from the Mill Resort

Mid-December 2016, we were told that the new owners of the Mill Resort signed and were taking over the operation, with many items to implement and major improvement plans for the property, converted into a COURTYARD RESORT BY MARRIOTT.

Then recently in walks Miss Sunshine.

Vicky Perez, who has been growing Book It Vicky, her own travel company, danced in to offer sales and marketing support and walked out with an offer to run the show.

While she never aspired to become a resort manager, she always dreamed of owning one. And while dreaming, she amassed an impressive resume as a Cornell University graduate, gaining work experience in food & beverage, events, sales, and marketing with the Hyatt Regency, Renaissance, Radisson, and The Ritz-Carlton, where she was on the pre-opening and opening team.

All this blue-blooded hotel experience combined with her extensive knowledge of the Latin American travel market landed Vicky in the driving seat.

She has recently been appointed owners’ representative at the Mill Resort and will be harnessing her positive energy and immense drive to open twin operations on November 1, 158 stylish hotel rooms and 24 timeshare units, used by the resort’s vacation-ownership clients.

The resort has been under renovation in phases and is almost completely done, having received a fresh, elegant design. The restaurant is at the moment getting an overhaul and will be rebranded as Allegra Bistro, together with the two already face-lifted bars. The new rooms are tastefully decorated in cool, muted Caribbean hues with blonde wood paneling and boast oversize TVs, twin sinks in the bathroom, generous closet space, mini fridges, and safes, among other upgraded features. Remember the oversize Jacuzzi tubs mid-room? They are now oversize walk-in showers with rainfall shower heads!

The resort aims at four-star amenities and services, with a nicely conceptualized food & beverage operation, and will be the investment benchmark for other similar properties in Latin and South America. As for Book It Vicky, that operation will be ongoing with the help of a trusted assistant. #Bookitvicky

Vicky is also the VP of COTAL, an NGO uniting travel professionals in Latin America. If you recall, Vicky successfully organized the #Remedi conference last year.

Turning your passion into a job, she says, is easier than finding a job that matches your passion!


Summer Fun Party for the Kids of Imeldahof

We hosted an informal outing for the Imeldahof kids this week, a collaboration between, General Store, Aruba Racquet Club, Kukoo Kunuku party buses, and Neely Cosentino.

The kids were picked up by the Kukoo Kunuku bus at Imeldahof and taken to the Aruba Racquet Club in Rooi Santo, Noord. The pool was made available for them for three hours of fun in the sun, on a summer vacation day.

Claudia Ponson of the General Store arranged for lunch to be served, including grilled hot dogs, chips, Coca Cola, and special personal dessert boxes made by Dolcissimo, which the children received just before returning to the home in Noord.

A number of resorts on Aruba have the children’s home listed on Pack with a Purpose, allowing island visitors to bring much-needed donations, such as bedding, clothing, school supplies, and educational materials, which the resort then delivers to the home. Travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit are welcome to join.

Aruba Racquet Club:  586-0215

Kukoo Kunuku Party Bus Aruba:  @kukookunuku

About Imeldahof

The children’s home first opened its doors on November 25, 1954, with the help of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Bethani and was managed by the Bethani Dutch Antilles Foundation. In 1976, the organization altered itself, and Children’s Home Imeldahof Aruba (Stichting Kinderhuis Imeldahof Aruba) was founded as a private foundation, subsidized by the government. The subsidization concerns the salaries of the personnel and approximately Afl. 11 per child on a daily basis to cover expenses. These expenses include provisions, attire, school material/fixed costs, activities, and all other expenses to manage the foundation. Furthermore, the organization is dependent on the community for financial and voluntary support in order to provide special activities or projects for the children.

Purpose of the Organization

The objective of the children’s home is to offer a temporary home and guidance for children who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to remain in their own homes. In most cases, this is until placement with their own family or relatives or a foster family can be found.   A few of the reasons are mental, emotional, and sexual abuse; neglect; and alcohol or drug abuse by parents.