The Calvin Ayre Foundation
The Calvin Ayre Foundation is an independent charitable giving organization, based in the beautiful island of Antigua and Barbuda, where Calvin now calls home. Committed to the hard work of making social good, we seek to make that change happen where it is needed most and where inequality persists. To realize our vision of making a difference and building a brighter future, we remove barriers, educate, empower, and break the cycles of poverty; we swiftly respond to emergency disasters, and help those in need.
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Our Pillars of Giving
While we traditionally plan our projects, circumstances sometimes dictate that a more rapid reaction is required. In 2010, the devastation wrought by the earthquake in Haiti prompted the Foundation to issue a challenge to the online gaming industry to open their wallets. The Foundation pledged to match all industry donations up to $1,000,000.
In 2013, the Foundation made a similar offer to raise funds to help the Philippines recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Calvin kicked things off by personally pledging $200,000 of his money to demonstrate his support for a country he had come to know and love. We also focused our attention on the village of Sitio San Vincente, Barangay Lo-ong, Concepcion in Iloilo City. Decimated by the typhoon’s force, with many families left homeless, we visited the village to distribute food and materials, rebuild their shattered homes, distribute medicine to those in need, and oversee the reconstruction of the chapel in this deeply spiritual community.
On the heels of the successful Adopt-A-School program, the Foundation has gone on to help various families living in difficult conditions. This has grown into our Adopt-A-Family program and Adopt-A-Village program. In 2014, we pledged $2,000,000 to Antigua’s 500 Homes in 500 Days project. The newly elected government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne had made the project a plank of his election campaign as a way of increasing homeownership on Antigua.
In 2020, the Foundation partnered with The Prince’s Foundation to build homes for families left homeless as a result of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Foundation was keen to find a way to respond to the housing needs of the people of Barbuda, supplying funding and technical support to the design and construction of the houses.
The Foundation’s interest in education has been inspired by Calvin’s experiences in Costa Rica. Learning of the state of local schools and literacy rates, we turned our attention to schools that needed the most help. By funding the Rafael Angel Calderon School, the Foundation pioneered an Adopt-A-School program, which has now been expanded to Antigua by invitation of the government and then Prime Minister Errol Cort. This program has evolved into working towards infrastructure updates, field trips, physical education, and safety.
As recently as 2019, we donated $200,000 to the Island Academy Bursary Fund, the fourth consecutive year in which the Foundation has provided funding to benefit deserving Antiguan & Barbudan youths who lack the wherewithal to attend a quality school. The Foundation regularly sponsors a Antigua & Barbuda Softball League Tournament, which promotes interpersonal skills and cooperation by bringing together teams from surrounding Caribbean nations, including Tortola, Anguilla and St. Maarten.