As 2018 draws to a close, the African Heritage Foundation (AHF) thanks everyone who has made an effort to support its community development and empowerment initiatives. Some of you made it your business to support our fund raising initiatives, some have given donations in various forms, and others have joined the AHF family to work hands on with their like minded brothers and sisters.
The AHF with your support has made some solid advancements this year, that it can build on in 2019. 2018 was the first year the AHF would host Black History Month activities at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Barbados Community College (BCC). This year also saw the AHF hosting its first summer youth camp. Also during the course of 2018 the AHF activated its Science and Youth Clubs.
As the AHF continues with its homeschooling and other educational initiatives, definitive goals have been envisioned for 2019. One of these goals is the launching and managing of a Black History education secondary schools initiative, that will span the entire year of 2019. It is intended that the seeds of this particular initiative, that commences with 5 schools, blossom into an annual activity that will include all secondary schools. The goal of this initiative is to influence the greater inclusion of the teaching of African history in our schools.
2018 saw a shift in agricultural focus for the AHF. Using urban agricultural techniques garnered from people living in city areas in the America’s and Europe, combined with Barbadian traditional back yard gardening, the AHF drafted a plan to initiate a community food security plan of action. Not everyone can afford acres of land to cultivate. However everyone can plant something in their back, side or front yards. Once organised in a manageable format, it will have positive impacts on community health, food availability, food access and economic gain for communities and individuals. This plan was presented to the Minister of Agriculture who approved it and offered his support. This agricultural initiative will be developed further as 2019 rolls on.
2018 also brought the AHF its first international members. This is a precedence that the AHF is very pleased with and it looks forward to a growth in international membership during 2019.
The AHF continues with its activism in the vein of greater support for homeschooling and cannabis legalization (focus on the prevention of marginalization of persons who were traditionally oppressed under cannabis prohibition in the upcoming cannabis industry). The AHF also continues to support Ms. Felisha Holder ( articles to be found on website with this issue), as it calls for the case brought against her, for driving causing the death of her son, to be discontinued.
Individual and collective businesses started and supported by members of the AHF this year, will continue to be developed in 2019. Among these businesses are a vegetarian cuisine lunch delivery service, the Red Light reggae house limes that will take place every Saturday night and the AHF’s African inspired community thrift shop.
The AHF will be opened Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm. Contact information: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 260-4795.
The AHF wishes you all the very best for 2019 and invites you to its Old Year’s Night Foundation Lime – Ujima – Collective Work and Responsibility. The AHF invites you to celebrate and reaffirm the seven principles of their/our African heritage as defined during the week of Kwanzaa. These are Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima(collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia(purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith). Celebrations start at 8pm and at 12am on the 1st January the last candle on the Kwanzaa Kinara will be lit and meditations given as we proceed in faith (Imani) to face 2019 and all the challenges that will come with it.
Time’ 8pm – Sunrise.
Contribution – $10
Location: African Heritage Foundation Headquarters, Upper Two Mile Hill, St Michael.
Directions: From Bridgetown. Come up Two Mile Hill, pass the Springer Memorial School and make second right turn. It is the first house on the left. From Bussa monument. Come down Two Mile Hill, pass Mc Carthey’s garage and make next left. It is the first house on the left. Look for the house with the “Red Light” on in the veranda.
Come out and lime with some of the members of the AHF and find out more about what they are doing and how you can get more involved.
“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” ― Jodi Picoult