Over the next few weeks, the UK-SVG Friendship Trust will be overhauling its structures to provide better governance and accountability to our stakeholders. We are now the SVG Friendship Foundation (UK). This model will allow our operations to meet the highest regulatory standards set by the UK Charity Commission. Our aim is to give donors and other stakeholders the confidence in our ability to apply sound financial management, reporting and stakeholder engagement in all our undertakings.
Adopting the Foundation model will also allow us to open membership to a broader cadre of Vincentians and friends of SVG with the talent, skills and passion to help us achieve our charitable objectives.
The UK-SVG Friendship Trust was registered on 3rd August 2020 in the United Kingdom as a private limited company by guarantee to pursue various charitable objectives. The overriding objective was to promote and provide for the advancement of education, youth, community and sustainable development, health and well-being, sports and culture in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Over the past year, the Trust responded positively to the explosive eruption of the La Soufriere volcano. We have so far disbursed over EC$500,000 in assistance to the Government and people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through our SVG La Soufriere Recovery Assistance Programme. We intend to continue to render support to communities affected by the volcanic eruption particularly children and women.
The SVG Friendship Foundation (UK) is led by Chairman of Trustees H.E. Cenio lewis. Other Trustees are Mr Steve Maingot, Mr Berton Samuel and Mr Adaiah Providence-Culzac.
The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincentian Diaspora & Friends in the United Kingdom continues its efforts in giving back to this country through its generous donation of bursaries to Vincentian students who are financially disadvantaged. For this academic year 2022/2023, one hundred and seventy-seven (177) Vincentian students each received EC$340.00 bursaries through the UK-SVG Friendship Trust Fund, totalling over EC$60,000.00.
The Ministry held an official handing over ceremony on April 4, 2022 at the Methodist Church, Kingstown. At the ceremony, thirty (30) of the 177 students across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines received bursaries with the reminder scheduled to collect their bursaries from the Ministry during the month of April, 2022.
Senator The Hon. Keisal Peters, Minister of State with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in delivering the feature address at the ceremony, reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment towards supporting the youths of this country to ensure their success. Minister Peters highlighted that “it is the Ministry’s promise to continue to work closely with local, regional and international partners as well as Vincentians living in the Diaspora to create opportunities with the overall goal of improving the lives and livelihoods of all Vincentians.”
Minister Peters on behalf of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines salute and recognize the leadership of High Commissioner Cenio Lewis and the Staff at the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission in London, who have over the years continued to work assiduously with our Vincentian Diaspora in the United Kingdom.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by extension the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines expresses profound thanks to the donors of the UK-SVG Friendship Trust Fund and the St. Vincent Cooperative Bank Limited for their unwavering support in providing assistance to the People of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Back on the 16th July 2021, the UK-SVG Friendship Trust Fund donated a total sum of ECS330.000.00 to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as part of their commitment to assist with the relief efforts following the series of 2021 La Soufriére volcanic eruptions, which have had an adverse impact on many lives and livelihoods in this country.
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