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CDF grants over $4 million to fight poverty

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L-R: Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh, Ravi Ji and Christendath Harry, Advisor to the Minister at the Hindu Prachar Kendra in Chaguanas, one of the community groups that will benefit from the grants.
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Best Village Folk Festival finalists released

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition has released the list of finalists for this year’s Folk Festival, following preliminary round competition in the ten Administrative Districts over the past two (2) months. The categories are: Folk Music, Folk Dance (Heritage Dances, Indigenous Dances), Dramatized Literature, Poetry and Short Story.

The groups will compete for top honours at the Independence Folk Festival from Saturday August 27, 2011 to Friday September 2, 2011 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts. The culmination of the weeks’ activities will be “Le Gran Z’Affaire” on Saturday September 3, 2011 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, which will feature Food and Folk Fair, Handicraft Exhibition, Drumology and Tassa competitions and Little Miss Indefest from 1:00 p.m. and the crowning of Miss La Reine Rive 2011 and the results of the Folk Festival from 7:00 p.m.

The Finalists in the Folk Festival are as follows:
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Minister Baksh offers help with Play Parks

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh offered help to, and called on community groups to identify spaces for the construction of children’s play parks. Speaking at the formal opening of a Children’s Play Park at Recreation Road, Gulf View on Wednesday July 27, 2011, Minister Baksh lauded the new Management Committee of the Gulf View Community Centre for having the park constructed and available in just three months after the Committee was installed.

He said the initiative was a shining example of community action that other Community Centre Committees should follow.

Minister Baksh described projects like these as inspiring, not only to children, but also to parents and other members of the community.

The Minister reminded residents that community facilities’ will last as long as they are cared for and maintained through systems put in place by the community.

The park is located opposite the recently opened Gulf View Community Centre, on Recreation Road, Gulf View. It features slides, swings, rides and more. It was decorated for the occasion with art by children from the area.

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C&B T&T finals in Caroni and Victoria West

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s “Clean and Beautify T&T” finals will continue on Friday, July 29, 2011 and Tuesday August 2, 2011 in the counties of Caroni North and South and Victoria West.

Village councils, community groups and individuals will compete for prizes in the following categories:

- Best Flower Garden
- Best Community Centre/Meeting Place
- Best Kitchen Garden
- Environmental Education Programme
- Best Clean and Green Area
- Best Kept Block
- Best Street
- Best Local Heritage/Structure
- Overall Beautification

The schedule of judging for Caroni North and South is as follows:
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Minister Baksh to open children’s play park at Gulf View

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The management team of the Gulf View Community Centre and Community Enrichment Organization, under the Patronage of the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, Her Worship the Mayor of San Fernando, Alderman Marlene Coudray and Councilor Anthony Ramkissoon, will formally open the Gulf View Children’s Play Park on Recreation Avenue, Gulf View, La Romaine today, Wednesday July 27, 2011 from 4:00 pm.

The Honourable Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Member of Parliament for San Fernando West and Minister of Public Administration is also expected to be present at the event.


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CREDITS: Information sourced from release issued by the management team of the Gulf View Community Centre
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development
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Ministry of Community Development hosts Emancipation celebrations

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Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will deliver the feature address at the Ministry's Emancipation Celebrations 2011 under the theme, "Moving Forward – Embracing Change," at the Ministry’s Head office, Jerningham Avenue, Port of Spain, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011.

Entertainment for the event includes performances by the Wasa Foli Dance Ensemble, Ru Ann Cabralis and a Fashion Display by staff of the Ministry.

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CREDITS: Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development
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Minister Baksh distributes NCSHL grants in Tobago

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The following is the address delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the distribution of grants by the National Commission for Self Help Limited in Tobago today, Tuesday July 26, 2011.

All protocols observed.


Introduction

Today, we gather to keep our promise: to work with and for the people of Tobago, every step of the way, to deliver 11 Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grants, and approvals for 4 Community Infrastructure Development projects.
No one knows when or where disaster will strike, or the severity of the devastation it may cause. These occurrences are beyond our control, but what IS within our control, is how we respond and how we prepare.
It is at these times that we see the best of humanity: neighbour helping neighbour; communities coming together; people unselfishly giving of their time to help a brother or a sister in need.
That’s what is at the heart of community development and that’s what Tobago sets a fine example at doing.
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Minister Baksh speaks at Kendra Prachar vacation camp launch

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the formal launch of the Kendra Prachar's Heritage Performance and Service Learning Vacation course for children at its headquarters on Raghunanan Road, Enterprise, Chaguanas on Friday July 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

All protocols observed

Namaskar - Fathers

I am happy to be here in Raghunanan Road for very many reasons.

• For the sheer joy of meeting the citizens of this community. It is just such a pleasure to visit a new community and meet the people, to see the faces of the elders- and the bright eyed children-the future and the working adults-the faces of today. To see the families you have nurtured and the homes you have built and the way your community lives with each other. I am very impressed with efforts I have seen here this afternoon, as it speaks positively for the future of our country. Words of the Mantra of the Year 1994 (Hurry home to the family).
• To see what initiatives this community has taken to uplift your community. As the Minster responsible for Community Development in TT, my visit must be more than just a social visit. This is why, I am particularly interested in seeing what initiatives you are taking to develop your community. I am interested in seeing what institutions you have built for, it is the institutions you have built that will speak of the community more eloquently than your words.
• To see how ready you are. The initiatives that you have taken will best indicate how eager you are, how capable you are and how ready you are to avail of resources we can make available for the development of your community.
• I want to assure you that the Peoples Partnership Government is people oriented and are therefore eager to bring the Government to you. We want to see that even the hitherto unknown communities discover their potential and rise to national prominence. register their names in the national consciousness. But you too have to play your part. You have to motivate yourself, to organize your self in activities that will help you build a secure, cooperative, progressive and happy community. We are here to facilitate this consciousness in TT.

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Minister Baksh speaks at Kendra Prachar vacation course launch

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the formal launch of the Kendra Prachar Organisation's Heritage Performance and Service Learning Vacation Course for children at its headquarters on Raghunanan Road, Enterprise, Chaguanas on Friday July 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm.

All protocols observed.

Namaskar - Fathers

I am happy to be here in Raghunanan Road for very many reasons.

• For the sheer joy of meeting the citizens of this community. It is just such a pleasure to visit a new community and meet the people, to see the faces of the elders- and the bright eyed children-the future and the working adults-the faces of today. To see the families you have nurtured and the homes you have built and the way your community lives with each other. I am very impressed with efforts I have seen here this afternoon, as it speaks positively for the future of our country. Words of the Mantra of the Year 1994 (Hurry home to the family).
• To see what initiatives this community has taken to uplift your community. As the Minster responsible for Community Development in TT, my visit must be more than just a social visit. This is why, I am particularly interested in seeing what initiatives you are taking to develop your community. I am interested in seeing what institutions you have built for, it is the institutions you have built that will speak of the community more eloquently than your words.
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Minister Baksh to tour 7 community centres under construction

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Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, will tour seven new community centres in east Trinidad on Wednesday July 27, 2011, starting at Malabar Phase IV from 10:00 am. These facilities are in various stages of completion, with Malabar Phase IV and Duranta Gardens set for handover within the next few weeks.

The media are cordially invited to join the Minister on the tour.

The full tour schedule is as follows:



Time Community Centre Percentage Complete

10:00 am Malabar Phase IV 99%

10:30 Upper Malabar 90%

10:45 Samaroo Village 68%

11:15 Calvary Hill 55%

12:15 pm N.E. Settlement (Duranta Gdns.) 98%

1:00 pm Lunch

2:30 Upper El Dorado 74%

3:15 Barataria 45%


Caption: Permanent Secretary Mrs. Margaret Farray (front centre) talks with Supervisor II Reynold Sieudath (left), while Minister Baksh (background centre) examines the work being done at the Samaroo Village Community Centre in Arima earlier this year.

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CREDITS: Information sourced from Ministry’s Project Unit
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit