April 7, 2006
East Indian Foundation formed

Vincentians are being invited to provide ideas, suggestions and comments on the proposed East Indian Foundation. The invitation was made recently by Lenroy Thomas. In a press release, Thomas indicated that the SVG East Indian Heritage Foundation was registered last month to coincide with St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ National Heritage Month.{{more}}

The main function of the organization initially is to collate and share information about the East Indian heritage in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A significant amount of research has been done by persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and in the Diaspora and it is hoped that the Foundation will be a catalyst to document and disseminate this information.

Significant events and personalities in the history of East Indian life in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are likely to be highlighted by the organization. Some of these events include the first arrival of the East Indians on the shores of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (June), the departure of the last ship of Indians to India (August) and the protest march from Argyle to Kingstown (October). The contribution of prominent Vincentians of East Indian descent is also expected to be featured and documented.

It is hoped that synergistic connections will be made with similar sister organizations in the Caribbean and that through the Foundation stronger current links will be developed between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Indian sub-continent. It is also anticipated that essential features of the Indian culture will be featured by the Foundation and perhaps revived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for Vincentians to experience greater enjoyment of the richness of our diversity.