The San Diego Caribbean Association, Inc. (SDCA, Inc.) is a community-based organization that promotes multi-culturalism through educational programs and charitable related events. The organization was founded in 2013, became incorporated in February of 2016 in California, and is based in San Diego, California. SDCA, Inc. acquired its 501(C3) non-profit tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service on October 11, 2016.
SDCA, Inc. is committed to fostering the growth and development of our American communities by educating and mentoring people, especially our youths, using effective cultural, social, and educational programs. These programs aim to expand cultural experiences and enrich people of all origins and nationalities.
SDCA, Inc. board and membership are comprised of people from all corners of the globe. From the beautiful island nations of the Caribbean to Guyana in South America, to India, to Hong Kong, and to Central America, SDCA, Inc. strives to show that no matter where you are from, the common needs of all people are the same – “One Love, Respect, and Unity”
SDCA, Inc. Educational Programs
1) The SDCA, Inc. Blanket Drive and Give Away Program in San Diego, California
Every year the organization collects and donates blankets for the homeless and disenfranchised on San Diego skid row. We distribute these blankets ourselves on our own time and with our own monies. We also feed the homeless the day of blanket distribution.
2) The SDCA, Inc. “Unity Fun Day” in San Diego, California
Through “Unity Fun Day”, we seek to bring families and friends together to express themselves socially and artistically while being able to enjoy visitors from all over the world. Just as the founder of the organization mother did, Estelle Agatha Cumberbatch, for years. This organization and the “Unity Fun Day” is in remembrance of her good work and the ideals she sought to uphold.
3) The SDCA, Inc. Annual Christmas Awards Ceremony and Banquet in San Diego, California
Every December, SDCA, Inc. has an awards banquet in which it honors those that have made positive contributions to the organization and the community.
4) The SDCA, Inc. and The Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. Environmental Clean Up Project in Guyana, South America
In March of 2015 SDCA, Inc. and its sister organization, The Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) launched their first Environmental Clean-Up Project in Guyana, South America. Locals were shown proper means of trash disposal and the importance of keeping drainage and cutters clear for rainfall. Plans are on the way for SDCA, Inc. and the Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) to team up with other international conservation groups to protect Guyana rain forest.
Click on the SDCA, Inc. Youtube Channel link to see a video of the work that was performed: www.youtube.com/SDCA
5) The SDCA, Inc. and Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) Community Out Reach Program for the elderly in Guyana, South America
We believe in respecting and caring for our elderly in our communities. On the 10 of April 2015, SDCA, Inc. and SC&VV, Ltd. mobilized a team that distributed food, hampers, and other items to a group of elderly citizens of Guyana. These donations came from local businesses in the Linden area. On 10 May 2016, SDCA, Inc., and SC&VV, Ltd. plan to conduct their 2nd Annual Silver City and Victory Valley reunion community outreach program for the elderly.
6) SDCA, Inc. Annual Thanksgiving Feeding of the Homeless in San Diego, California
For the past three years, SDCA, Inc. has been serving meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving day. In 2015, we served more than 75 warm meals that day on the corner of 16th and Island Ave. We also pass out new and used clothing to the homeless on that day. See our gallery link to see pictures of the 2015 Thanksgiving meals feeding program. In 2016, we served over 200 meals on Thanksgiving day.
7) The SDCA, Inc. and Silver City & Victory Valley Reunion Association, Ltd. (SC&VV, Ltd.) SPELLING B competition in Linden, Guyana, South America
SDCA, Inc. and SC&VV, Ltd. hosted their first annual SPELLING B competition on 10 of April 2015 in Linden, Guyana. Students from 5 different high school participated. The winning team won $100 USD. Everyone that participated in the competition received a prize donated by SDCA, Inc. The third annual SPELLING B is scheduled for May 2017 at the Silver City recreational field in Linden, Guyana.
Future programs SDCA, Inc. has under development include the following:
1) The SDCA, Inc. Integrity and Ethics Workshops in San Diego, California
2) The SDCA, Inc. Online Life Enhancement Tutoring
Starting September of 2019, SDCA, Inc. will be offering free online tutoring services. Topics that will be tutored include math, English, and science. In addition, tutoring services will be offered for those that need assistance with Microsoft Office Programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Having a problem solved is as easy as a cell phone pictures away. If a student is stuck on a problem, all they will have to do is take a picture with their cell phone of the problem and email it to us. For more elaborate and sophisticating sessions, the computer remote access software Team Viewer or Join Me can be used for live tutoring. If anyone needs live tutoring, just simply click on the link (live tutoring), fill out the application, and someone from SDCA, Inc. will get back to them.
3) The SDCA, Inc. international essay contest entitled “What Does One Love, Respect, and Unity Means to Me?”
Starting January of 2019, juniors and seniors in high school can submit a 1000 words or less essay on the topic “What Does One Love, Respect, and Unity Means to Me?” Essay winners will be announced June of 2019, with the deadline to submit all essays being April 30, 2019. Winning prizes will be as follows:
First Prize – $500
Second Prize – $250
Third Prize – $125
Click the link below for all applicable rules and regulations.
Essay Contest Rules
4) THE ESTELLE CUMBERBATCH HOMELESS REHABILITATION CENTER & SHELTER
This $40 million, six stories complex will be comprised of 1200 sleeping capsules/tubes for the homeless to utilize at night. In addition to the sleeping accommodations, doctors, drug counselors, nurses, and mental health specialists will be available to help the homeless. This is a long term project and SDCA, Inc. expects to start construction in 2027 after raising the appropriate capital. Below are preliminary drawings of the project in Adobe PDF. As time progresses, more detail drawings will be developed.
SDCA, Inc. Organization Layout
The board of directors for SDCA, Inc. is above. The following link contains the bylaws that control the governance of SDCA, Inc. (www.sdca-inc.org/bylaws.pdf) In addition, the following link is the Statement of Information from the State of California, showing who is legally responsible for the organization.