It’s all about who you know, right? The PETNA Foundation’s driving philosophy is that education is key to thriving, self-sufficient communities. We provide the resources for young people to get quality education and the environment to inspire them to return home and contribute to the rebuilding of the community. Other young people are encouraged and the cycle begins. So it’s fitting that a vital health program has come together through a network of Grenadian nationals committed to the redevelopment of their homeland.
NYU College of Dentistry and has been committed to providing oral health programs to schoolchildren, senior citizens, people with disabilities, the homeless and other underserved groups around the world for over 20 years. In 2010, the University and the Ministry of Health of Grenada coordinated a national oral health survey of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. The PETNA Foundation has joined with the non-profit organization, Concerned Grenadians of New York (CGNY) to provide resources to carry out the program. In addition, Brooklyn-based Whiskey Shippers, a freight transport company owned by a fellow Grenadian national has provided free shipment of all the skids carrying dental and medical supplies to Grenada.
The PETNA Foundation was invited to support the program through personal connections and shared commitment. “This project opens the door for a new kind of involvement between Grenadian organizations in the Diaspora and corporate philanthropy,’’ says Grenadian attorney Jerry Edwin and personal friend of PETNA founder, Nicholas Brathwaite. “In this case, we saw a problem, we knew that we had the contacts here in New York, and we also had the organizational will to reach out to our friends outside the available hometown association network.’’
Learn more about the Grenada National Oral Health Survey and Dental Outreach Program