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Community Development Ministry’s services showcased at financial expo

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The various services and programmes of the Ministry of Community Development were highlighted at the Central Bank’s financial exposition entitled “Managing Your Future,” at Saith Park in Chaguanas on Saturday July 9, 2011.

All of the Ministry’s work, including programmes run by the Community Development Division, the National Commission for Self Help Limited, the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme, the Community Development Fund, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition and the Handicraft Unit, were well received by all who visited the three booths during the exposition seeking information. Items with the Ministry’s name including pens, pencils, notepads and key rings with flashlights were also given out to visitors of the booth.

The other organizations which offered information at the expo included:
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Minister Baksh to attend Indentureship play in Penal

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The Artistic Cultural Theatre will host a special performance of the play entitled “Mere Dost” at the Penal Community Centre this Sunday July 10, 2011 from 6:00 pm. Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh is expected to attend.

“Mere Dost,” which means “My Friend” is a capsule presentation reliving the experiences of Indentureship, as revealed through the recollections of three survivors. It is based on historical facts and information handed down by ancestors and seeks to highlight the bonding among our early inhabitants, primarily the Africans, Indians and Muslims that contributed towards our unique society of multi-cultural tolerance.

The play is written and directed by Mr. Walid Baksh, Director of the Artistic Cultural Theatre. David Sammy and Hubert Ramlal, who have both won National Acting Awards in the past, are the lead actors in the presentation.

This is the third presentation of “Mere Dost.” The first performance was held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts to commemorate Indian Arrival Day by the National Muslim Women’s Organization of Trinidad and Tobago and the second was held on June 19, 2011 in Rio Claro.





Caption: The Honourable Nizam Baksh (right), chats with Walid Baksh, Director of the Artistic Cultural Theatre (left), while the Minister’s wife Latiffa Baksh (centre) looks on, following a presentation of “Mere Dost” at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, NAPA as part of the Indian Arrival Day celebrations by the National Muslim Women’s Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.




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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Artistic Cultural Theatre
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit






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Community Festival preliminaries in Chaguanas this weekend

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The Counties of Caroni North and South will host preliminary competition in the categories of Poetry, Short Story, Handicraft and Folk Presentations in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition on Sunday July 10, 2011 at Market Square, Chaguanas from 10:00 am.

Several teams from the district will compete in each of these categories for places in the final round of competition. There will also be a Food and Folk Fair, with a wide variety of local dishes on sale.

The preliminaries of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition are being held across various districts in Trinidad, with groups and individuals competing in four main areas:

• County Folk Games
• La Reine Rive (Miss Best Village)
• Poetry, Short Story and Folk Presentation and
• Handicraft/Food Fair

The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition Unit is part of the Ministry of Community Development.



Caption: Some handicraft items on display during a craft fair in Port of Spain



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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Caroni district office
Photo courtesy the Community Development Division’s Handicraft Unit
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21 village queens chosen for La Reine Rive final

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A total of 21 delegates from the various districts across the country have been selected to compete in the La Reine Rive finals of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy competition slated for Saturday August 27, 2011 (Self Expression and Talent) and Saturday September 3, 2011(Evening Wear) at the Queen’s Park Savannah. This follows preliminary competition in each of the districts over the past few weeks.

Victoria West dominates the line-up with five delegates, followed by St. George West with four and St. George East and Caroni South with three delegates each in the finals.

The list of finalists is as follows:
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Missions International to acquire new Bus from Community Development Ministry

General News Caption: From L-R: The Hon. Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development receives a token from Nigel Burrows, Director, National Drop Inn Ministries while Dr. Brian Lushington (at left) and Dr. Dr. John Powell of Missions International look on.

The Ministry of Community Development, through agreement with Missions International and Drop Inn Ministries, will donate a new 20 – seater bus for the work of both organisations.

“It is a profound honour for us at the Ministry of Community Development to be able to support and assist these worthy organisations,” Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh said. “Government is committed to helping those who help others in any way we can, and it is our hope that this small but significant contribution will go a long way to bring hope, help and healing to citizens in need.”