Nov 18, 2020

Thank you for your support

Vital site maintenance at the Maria Islands
Vital site maintenance at the Maria Islands

We know what a difficult time everyone is having at the moment, but we are so grateful for your donation to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).  We were delighted to have raised $1,492.03 at the end of October, from 28 individuals, some of whom donated multiple times.  Thank you so much.

As you know the impact of Covid-19 on our work has been wide-reaching. The SLNT had to close all its properties, reducing income to almost zero. We also had to stop routine maintenance during the months of island-wide lockdown. Since then, we have been able to resume some of our work managing Saint Lucia's rich heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.  We could not have done it without your help.

Through this crisis, everyone has become more used to communicating digitally. The way our supporters have responded to SLNT social media posts, online activities and radio shows has been really heart-warming. It was wonderful to showcase our work during the Citizen Scientist Prizegiving, our Trust Pioneers Lecture on 26 September (the day we celebrated our 45th Anniversary!) and the Girls of A Feather Storytell(her) Bootcamp last month.  All great opportunities to spread the word about the incredible conservation work of our SLNT.

Your gift has gone a long way in supporting our heritage conservation efforts during this pandemic. Yet we still face an uphill struggle to offset the financial losses of this year.  Please consider sharing details of our campaign with your networks.  Or even donating again, if you are able to, especially on Giving Tuesday. Each donation made on 1 December 2020 will increase the proportion of GlobalGiving’s incentive fund which SLNT would receive.

Thank you again for your continued support for the Saint Lucia National Trust.  We will be back in touch soon with another update. 

Girls of A Feather Storytell(her) Bootcamp
Girls of A Feather Storytell(her) Bootcamp
Live radio and facebook show about the SLNT
Live radio and facebook show about the SLNT
Pigeon Island National Landmark during Covid-19
Pigeon Island National Landmark during Covid-19

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Aug 30, 2018

Heritage matters

Heritage Club in Rakai District, Uganda 2018
Heritage Club in Rakai District, Uganda 2018

Last month, a team from our partner organisation the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) visited cultural heritage clubs in Karamoja Region, in north-eastern Uganda.

Heritage clubs bring together students of diverse ethnic backgrounds who believe in the importance of promoting and preserving cultural heritage. They share experiences about their cultural backgrounds, learn about heritage in general, carry out activities to preserve cultural heritage, promote and express their cultural identity and learn to appreciate other peoples’ cultures. 

We are so grateful for the support you have given to helping achieve these goals through our 'Encourage African Youth to Embrace their Heritage' project.  Thank you!

The schools receive support in the form of training, teachers’ toolkits, heritage maps and other learning aids. The heritage club members receive ‘Heritage Passports’, heritage inscribed pens, caps, t-shirts, bracelets and other motivational materials.

It was wonderful to see how the heritage clubs in Abim and Moroto Districts were progressing and the enthusiasm of the young people involved!

CCFU have also recently also undertaken a teacher training programme in Kyotera in Southern Uganda.  The training was opened by Mr Mathias Mukoye, the Acting District Education Officer who urged teachers "to promote the appreciation of the cultures of Uganda, including languages", stressing that CCFU's heritage education programme is helping to realise this objective.

Participating in heritage clubs brings many benefits to young people and their teachers.  From respect to their cultural identity, confidence and self-esteem to discovering new skills and talents that may be a potential source of future income. 

Our video competition was a great way to stimulate the creativity of young Africans and to grow appreciation for their culture and national cultural diversity. 

Thank you for making that happen and for your continued support of our project and partner organisations in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe!

With renewed thanks

Catherine

Teacher training in Kyotera, Uganda 2018
Teacher training in Kyotera, Uganda 2018
Heritage Club members in Moroto, Uganda 2018
Heritage Club members in Moroto, Uganda 2018

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May 30, 2018

Young people leading the way

Performers at the ceremony, 24 May 2018
Performers at the ceremony, 24 May 2018

Just last week, young people took centre stage at the 3rd Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) National Cultural Heritage Awards.   We thank you again for generously contributing to our 'Encourage African Youth' project which makes things like this possible.  

Six individuals and institutions were honoured for their outstanding contribution in the preservation and promotion of Uganda’s cultural heritage.

These 'Heritage Champions' serve as role models to us all in their enthusiastic efforts to encourage people to take responsibility for preserving their culture.

Tourism State Minister Godfrey Kiwanda used the occasion to announce that his department will be renamed the 'Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage'. A wonderful tribute to the CCFU and its work to raise awareness of the importance of cultural heritage preservation.

Aliguma Ahabyona, CCFU's Heritage Programme Officer said “Uganda’s wealth of heritage is under threat. It is not effectively protected, even when listed. There is also virtually no incentive to preserve our heritage, tangible and intangible.   At the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU), we firmly believe that it is our urgent responsibility to help safeguard the remnants of our heritage, working in collaboration with other stakeholders.”

Meanwhile in Sierra Leone, the winners of our video competition visited Bunce Island for the first time to learn from the stories of slavery.

Research Officer at the Monuments and Relics Commission, Francis Momoh said "As they marched through the ruins, the deafening silence reminded them of what might have transpired there some 350 years ago. Those who had tears shed them, those who had courage braved it, whilst those who are resilient expressed determination."

We believe that our 'Encourage African Youth' project has helped open young people's eyes to the importance and possibility of their heritage. You can't change history. You can secure the future.

There's still more to do of course, but all of us involved in the project thank you again for your kind gift which has helped us get this far.  

With gratitude

Catherine

Henry Fergusson pupils going to Bunce Island
Henry Fergusson pupils going to Bunce Island
Learning about the slave trade
Learning about the slave trade
 
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