New Author comes to ALTA Reading Circles

New Author comes to ALTA Reading Circles

i Jul 9th No Comments by

Earlier this year, Leslie Ann Murray reached out to ALTA indicating her desire to volunteer with the organisation on a short term basis. Leslie Ann is a writer and educator based in Paris who will publish her first book of stories soon! In the month of June, Leslie-Ann visited six Reading Circles at five venues: NALIS (morning + afternoon), St George’s College Barataria, Arima Boys’ R.C. School, ALTA Office Belmont and Holy Saviour Curepe. The feedback was excellent; both tutors and students enjoyed her work immensely. Before leaving, Leslie Ann left a note to all Reading Circle Guides and student:

“From the bottom of my heart of hearts, thank your for a wonderful month at ALTA Reading Circle. Your feedback, support, and questions about my upcoming short story collection were intelligent and engaging. I left each Reading Circle session feeling empowered and encouraged.” – Leslie Ann

Directions to ALTA Offices

i Jul 5th No Comments by

ALTA Head Office, Belmont, POS

From Port of Spain:

  • By taxi:  Corner of Queen & Henry or Charlotte Street  – $4.00. Tell the driver that you are going to the ‘Post Office on Belmont Circular Road’. ALTA’s Head Office is a two story blue building opposite the TTPOST Post Office. See below for picture.
  • Private car:  Go around the Savannah, turn left immediately after the St. Ann’s roundabout, proceed along Belmont Circular Road, veer right when you come to a junction, continue past gas station until you come to TTPost sign on the right.  ALTA is directly opposite the post office.







ALTA Arima Office

  • By bus/maxi-taxi: stop at end of priority bus route, cross, heading in an easterly direction. PTSC Mall is next to Licensing Office car park.
  • By taxi from Arima: Come along pro-Queen Street, turn left on to Subero Street, turn right on to bus route, turn left into Arima Terminal Mall compound.


ALTA South Office, San Fernando

Make your way to Harris Promenade. ALTA’s Office is on the 3rd Floor of the St Paul’s Anglican Church

ALTA Stories

i Jul 3rd No Comments by

My Mummy, my hero

Over the past twenty five years Alta has had great impact on people around the country who have gone on to gain full time employment, CSEC passes and self-confidence through the programme. Alta has also had significant impact on families. By working with parents who are non-readers, the programme has often also taught their children to read, write and spell. The column today tells the story of how the programme impacts families. Kernisha Skeete daughter of past ALTA student Jackie Skeete shares her story.

She couldn’t read but for the sake of my education she went back to school. Some say I taught my momma to read but the reality is she taught me. She allowed me to spend my evenings at the library, so late they had to ask me to leave. My mother went out of her way to ensure I went to school whether we had money or not. My mother taught me the importance of education as she attended Alta classes at various locations in Arima. I grew up attending [Alta] field trips and gaining new aunties and uncles as she progressed through each level, sometimes doing one level multiple times.

As I observed my mother persevere to one day write post primary examinations after completing Alta’s Level 3, I gained an appreciation for education. She continuously reminded me of the importance of acquiring an education and explained to me how it would impact my life. As a child, I listened, not fully grasping the significance of her words. As she practiced her syllables, vocabulary and spellings, I practiced too. In retrospect, I can say ALTA taught us both. Her cards were my cards, her books were my leisure reading. I love to read and seeing my mother progress from a struggling student to someone who was able to stand before a crowd and read fluently marveled me. Seeing her progress from spelling words completely different to their actual spelling to minor misspellings touched my life in a way I cannot translate into words.

The tutors of Alta played a significant role in my mother’s learning as they inspired her with each session: they encouraged, applauded and corrected her as necessary. When an external issue impacted her learning, they sat and listened patiently to ensure she was able to learn without hindrance.

 I would not be where I am had my mother not seen the importance of education. I may not have performed as well as I did in SEA had it not been for our attendance at Alta classes. Alta, like a number of persons and institutions, has contributed to our lives in ways we simply cannot pinpoint because we have gained in almost every area of our lives from what many may consider as just a class.

My mummy, My hero, My role model.

Kernisha is currently a fourth year medical student. Her mom passed away some years ago. She was a market vendor during the day and an Alta student on evenings. Unfortunately she didn’t live to see her daughter enroll in medical school.

 Volunteer, Donate or Sponsor-a-student. Call 621-5708 or email for more info.  Keep up to date with ALTA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: ALTA

T&T NGO Professionals Seminar 2018: “Strengthening Capacity Through Collaboration”

i Jul 3rd No Comments by

This year’s seminar was a one-day event at Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, attended by ALTA’s Resource Development Officer, M’aisha Thomas and Mid-East Regional Coordinator, Lilian Ramsaroop.

There were two deep dive workshops aimed at increasing attendees’ knowledge of the theme; “Where Collaboration meets Communication” and “Alliance Building through Strategic Networking.” They were attended by Lilian and M’aisha, respectively.

 The Collaboration/Communication workshop, facilitated by Mirza Ali-Mohammed, focused on exploring collaboration case studies and included hands-on team building exercises that delivered the collaboration message in fun, abstract ways.

The Alliance Building workshop, facilitated by Loverne Henry, looked at practical steps to be taken by players in the local NGO environment looking to capitalize on funding/other opportunities.

Increasingly, these opportunities require NGOs to come together to execute joint projects. It was noted that not all NGOs are at the same stage in their development; however, this may not preclude collaboration. Elements like transparency and governance were highlighted as areas to gather data on when assessing whether a partner is a good fit.