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.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines continues its long journey to recover from the explosive volcanic eruption a year ago. April 9th 2022 marks the one-year anniversary since the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano which disrupted the lives and livelihoods of citizens forcing thousands into shelters across the country.
Whilst the country has returned to some level of normalcy, there are still many whose lives remain at a standstill in shelters or in alternative living arrangements across the island.
The UK-SVG Friendship Trust has continued to work with its trusted local partners including, the St. Vincent Cooperative Bank and local representative Mr Darrien Ollivierre to bring targeted relief to many. This week, we are pleased to have helped RedRoot SVG Inc with food supplies to augment their support to vulnerable women in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The organisation in a statement said that the Trust “contributions will go a long way toward aiding women and children in St Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Further, we recently partnered with the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to offer bursaries to children to help on their educational journey. Working with the St. Vincent Cooperative Bank Ltd, bursary recipients have also been offered vouchers to become savers at that indigenous financial institution.
Trust Director and Administrator Mr Adaiah Providence-Culzac reflecting on the partnership with the bank said that:
“The UK-SVG Friendship Trust values its partnership with the St. Vincent Co-operative Bank Ltd which was forged in response to assuring our donors and stakeholders of our commitment to accountability and transparency. A year on, I anticipate that our continued partnership will redound to the benefit of communities across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines particularly our children and women.”
“This bursary initiative which features access to the bank’s penny savers account for recipients underscores our belief that alongside financial support, our children must be taught the principles of savings, financial management and financial literacy at an early age.”
The UK-SVG Friendship Trust remains committed to the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the long term and will launch new programmes and initiatives in the Summer to achieve its various charitable objectives.