PADF has worked in the Bahamas since 2013, on issues such as citizen security, disaster response and education. From 2013-2016, PADF implemented the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). RAPP aimed to enhance the capacity of young people, police, justice sector and other government officials to work together on crime prevention, while also building mutual trust between law enforcement and the community, particularly at-risk youth, to identify and anticipate the common causes of crime before they develop.
In October 2018, PADF received funding from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) to start a STEM Education program in both Nassau and the Great Harbour Cay. The program was implemented during Fiscal Year 2019.
In September 2019, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, PADF quickly responded to improve access to quality educational opportunities for primary and secondary students. In the months after the hurricane, PADF has provided funding and assistance to the communities affected.
More recently, PADF has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to implement a project to provide emergency assistance and services to persons needing international protection in the Bahamas. This project took place at the end of 2019 through early 2020 to provide protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in the Bahamas. PADF provided direct emergency cash-based assistance to the most vulnerable refugees based on socioeconomic and protection considerations, provided counseling, and conducted case management.
Regional Director – Caribbean
Peace, Justice, and Security Thematic Leader