In 2012, Elos Foundation was invited to host an Oasis training in Otrobanda, a community on the island of Curaçao. Invited by USONA and supported by Stichting DOEN, a team of Elos Foundation and Instituto Elos worked 7 days, using the Oasis Game to get over 150 mobilized in the hands-on to build the common dream of a playground, soccer field and sitting area. Most of all this inspired community member Kurt Schoop to go deeper into the Elos philosophy by participating in the Warriors Without Weapons program in Brazil.
The sudden burst of inspiration and collaboration paved the way for Kurt and the Elos Foundation to host similar processes in 3 other islands in 2013 and 2014, building the capacity, the visibility and a community that now runs independently under the Oasis Caribe Movement. After successful projects on the Dutch Caribbean islands, the movement is making its way into the wider Caribbean region with projects coming up in Jamaica and Cuba.
A spark in Otrobanda
In may 2012 Elos Foundation was invited to host an Oasis training in Otrobanda, a community on the island of Curaçao. Invited by USONA and supported by Stichting DOEN a team of Elos Foundation and Instituto Elos worked 7 days, using the Oasis Game, to get over 150 mobilized in the hands-on to build the common dream of a play-ground, soccerfield and sitting area. Most of all this inspired community member Kurt Schoop to go deeper into the Elos philosophy by participating in the Warriors Without Weapons program in Brazil.
“At first I thought it was going to cost a lot of time, but afterwards I realized that what we did in two weekends, saved us 5 years of work” Kurt Schoop in 2012, speaking as community member about the Oasis Game in Otrobanda
Spreading the work
In the following year the work naturally started to spread across the island of Curaçao as well as in the area. The attention started to grow and the amount of people wanting to be part of this new positive wave in the caribbean increased. The Elos Foundation hosted two other Oasis Games that year on the island of Sint Maarten and in one of the poorest communities of Curaçao Klein Santa Martha while Kurt had been able to host his first Oasis Game with support of PwC in the community of Nieuw Nederland.
With growing attention and an entrepreneurial attitude Kurt and some local partners started dreaming bigger; 'what if we created a movement of Oasis’ across the Caribbean?'
Elos Foundation’s role in this phase moves from initiating, to co-facilitating, to coaching of the core-team on more strategical and organizational questions, supporting the OCM with a governance model and an organizational model for the network to grow.
OCM as a regional reference
Besides creating more interconnection and structure among the islands, the OCM also builds more capacity by having more people trained in Brazil, giving a basis for a sustainable movement that can take itself beyond the Dutch Caribbean. After 3 years of working together and the community of facilitators and entrepreneurs growing, the Oasis Caribe Movement is becoming a reference. With support of DOEN and ´samenwerkende fondsen´ they have been able to develop a tool for measuring impact, host gatherings bringing together the communities of several islands and build a stronger community structure that is becoming a reference in the Elos Network.
In 2015 Kurt Schoop was invited to integrate even further into the Elos community by being a co-facilitator for Warriors Without Weapons in Brazil. He, along with the other developers of OCM, continues to develop more projects regionally, as more and more islands call for Oasis-inspired projects, including Jamaica, Cuba and who knows what more…
11 communities mobilized, incl:
- 5 Curaçao
- 2 Bonaire
- 1 Aruba
- 1 St. Eustatius
- 2 St. Maarten
890 people participating on 5 islands and 10 community gatherings organized
Seven of the Oasis spots are still vibrant, three have made continuous upgrades. Communities in Curaçao are interconnected and supporting eachother based on Elos philosophy. A Caribbean community has been created of participants who have taken on a self-organized model of sprading the work and supporting communities.
Get in touch with the Oasis Caribe movement via:
+5999-5271297 (phone and whatsapp)