NEW YORK, USA — The St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora committee here is making plans to celebrate Diaspora Week in December.

Several events are slated to take place in Brooklyn, said to be home of the largest population of Vincentians outside of the country.

On Dec. 10, the committee will partner with the Vincentian Consular General, the Council of SVG Organizations (COSAGO), and the Garifuna Coalition for a tea party at Friends of Crown Heights.

Proceeds from this event will purchase prizes for the Secondary Schools’ Essay Competition in SVG on December 20. The topic of essays is “What role should Vincentians abroad play in the social, cultural, educational and economic development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

In recognition of International Migration Day on Dec. 18, the Consular General will organise a lecture on “The Plight of African-Caribbean Males in the United States”.

Celebrations in SVG take place from Dec. 18 to 22, commencing with a church service at Hope for Life Restoration Ministries in Arnos Vale and a radio talk show.

The Ministry of Tourism in Kingstown will allow Vincentians in the diaspora to showcase their talent at the Nine Mornings celebration.

A tour of the Argyle International Airport construction site and the North Union Community Market is slated for Dec. 21 while a Sip and Chat Evening take place the following day.

Diaspora Day strives to provide opportunities for Vincentians everywhere to celebrate the “legacies and contribution” of the Diaspora to the development of SVG and their host country.

It also tries to form linkages between migration and the development of SVG in a global and regional context.

Celebrations also aim to promote the spirit of the SVG Homecoming/Diaspora Framework for Action and the implementation of the Diaspora Framework for Action recommendations.

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