WHAT WE HAVE DONE
Authentic Caribbean Foundation continues to advance and advocate for our Caribbean American communities and we are pleased to highlight some of the work we have done for the past years and continue to do for our communities throughout the New England region and the Caribbean.
ASSIST OUR DISABILITY COMMUNITIES
We continue to provide assistance to our kids with disability in partnership with Partners For Youths with Disability (PYD) on the following programs: – Mentoring, Career Readiness, Theater Arts and Youth Leadership Forum to ensure our disability members have access and inclusion.
Establishing a disaster relief team to provide assistance in the time of need. We have contributed over 200 medical equipment’s and over 28 barrels to the Bahamas Hurricane Doran relief efforts.
CARIBBEAN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CLUBS & SCHOOLS
Fostering relationship with our Caribbean American university students to provide support and engagement through cultural activities and recruiting volunteers for community events. Implementing after school programs to preserve our heritage and culture.
ANNUAL AFRO CARIBBEAN BLACK HISTORY GALA & AWARDS
A major contribution to the Caribbean growth comes from our Diaspora here in the United States. As we celebrate Black History month, we highlight our Afro-Caribbean stars who have contributed to the awareness and development of the region. This event continues to celebrate and award some of our own Caribbean American stars right here in Massachusetts who continue to contribute to our community.
Advancing our culture through informative and entertaining festivals reflecting our communities. Some of our major festivals are: My Caribbean One World Expo, Caribbean American Heritage Festival – Boston, Brockton, Randolph, Worcester and Rhode Islands and the Caribbean Rum & Food Festival.
NATIONAL CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
We continue to ensure that the commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage month June is observe in the State of Massachusetts and to ensure that America is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity, with Caribbean immigrants from founding father Alexander Hamilton, to many others who have shaped the American dream.
We are pleased to continue to raise the Caricom Flag throughout the Caribbean American communities of Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Randolph and Worcester along with many other activities surrounding the annual monthly celebration.
US CARIBBEAN STRATEGY FORUM – EDUCATION, HEALTH & TRADE
The Caribbean region is the United States’ “third border,” characterized by common interests and societal ties that yield daily, tangible benefits for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multiyear Caribbean strategy to Congress in June 2017 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Given the proposed role of civil society and the private sector, we believe that it is incumbent on us members of the diaspora to support the dialogues that can lead to achieving the objectives of the Caribbean 2020 Framework Strategy in the HR4939.
The Education Forum was held at Massachusetts State House in partnership with the Institute of Caribbean Studies (Washington DC) highlighted the potential role of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in support of the implementation of Caribbean 2020 Strategy Education agenda.
Event attendees; Governor’s representation, Massachusetts Senators and State Representatives, Minister of Aruba, Ambassadors of Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, St. Kitts & Nevis (Caricom chair 2019), St. Vincent & Genadines, and Trinidad & Tobago, Honorary Consular General of Jamaica, and local Universities professors and diaspora members.
Establishing after school programs with Caribbean student school clubs providing training with regards to folklore dances – Maypole and Moko Jumbies and creative art on ancestral heritage.