Cultivating Sustainability, Stichting Marlin Yard’s Resilient Journey
In the charming village of The Keys on the idyllic island of Sint Maarten, a narrative of resilience and dedication unfolds. Cee Marlin, the visionary founder of Stichting Marlin Yard (foundation), has steered the course through both metaphorical and literal storms over the past three decades. Marlin Yard and its subsidiaries now stand as a symbol of sustainability and community development.
Challenges Faced, Resilience Embraced
From the aftermath of Hurricanes Luis in 1995 to the recent devastation of Irma in 2017, and navigating the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Marlin Yard has weathered it all. Disappointments from funding organizations in 2023 prompted tough decisions, including the suspension of self-sufficiency workshops and courses of HoomStreet, the development pause of The Keys Market, and the closure of the Hostel department at Vicky’s Keys in Sint Maarten. Yet, every challenge became an opportunity.
Returning to Roots with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Stichting Marlin Yard decided to realign its core principles with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) projects. Despite setbacks, the foundation chose to refocus its efforts on projects that contribute to a sustainable future.
HoomStreet – Building Dreams with Shipping Containers
HoomStreet, despite setbacks, continues to empower communities. The initiative teaches people to build their own homes using modified shipping containers. Years of dedication have fueled a Tiny Home movement in the Netherlands, showcasing the transformative power of sustainable living. Find more at HoomStreet – Marlin Yard Foundation.
The Keys Market – Crafting Sustainable Communities
The Keys Market, a sustainable outdoor bazaar, has become a unique concept on Sint Maarten. Vendors, recognizing the environmental and community benefits, express their wishes to continue the market. This eco-friendly marketplace is now part of the first designed eco neighborhood, inviting interested vendors to reserve a spot and be part of a self-sufficient community. Find more at The Keys Market SXM – Marlin Yard Foundation
Vicky’s Keys- Where Eco-Tourism Meets Voluntarism
Vicky’s Keys has evolved beyond a place to stay; it’s a blend of agri-tourism and voluntarism. Serving as the sole eco-focused Volunteer Center in Sint Maarten, it offers a special opportunity for eco-adventurists to actively contribute to sustainable farming practices and local communities. Find more at Self-sufficient Living – Volunteer Center (vickyskeys.com).
SDG Projects for a Greener Tomorrow
In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, Stichting Marlin Yard has organized its initiatives to ensure continuity during disasters. Collaborating with Carib Housing, HoomStreet has designed Green Community projects for Sint Maarten, Aruba, and soon Anguilla. These projects are now published on www.caribhousing.com , inviting individuals to live in Green Communities or order hurricane and earthquake-resistant Tiny Houses or Tiny Villas.
Crowd Profit Sharing, Supporting SDGs, Building Futures
Stichting Marlin Yard introduces Crowd Profit Sharing initiatives—SENG, Eco Shares Program, and soon CARET (Caribbean Eco Token). Contributors not only support SDG projects but also receive a share of the project’s revenue. It’s a win-win situation, fostering community ventures while enabling contributors to build savings and earn dividends. Find more at Crowd Profit Sharing – Marlin Yard Foundation
Join the Movement, Be a SDG Advocate!
Whether you’re a hands-on volunteer or a supporter from afar, Stichting Marlin Yard invites you to join the movement. Explore SDG projects that resonate with you at MarlinYard.org, and together, let’s cultivate a sustainable future—one initiative at a time.
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