In April 2012, I was elected as the new president of The National Kriol Council, suceeding the past and longstanding president Ms. Myrna Manzanares. I am very honored to work with the Council in this capacity and plan to make my term as president a very productive one. Since my appointment I have been in the process of building on the successes of my predecessor, Ms. Myrna Manzanares and charting out new strategies and objectives for the development of Council and the Kriol population of Belize. At the NKC we recognize that cultural preservation is only one of the many challenges that the population is confronted with and that the Council has to respond to. For this reason we have broaden our mandate to include social and economic development as well. Our strategy is to work with existing community based organization and community leaders and strengthen their capacity in areas such as strategic planning, project management, business development and marketing among others. This way we will be able to impact on a larger number of the population.
As the President, one of my primary responsibility is to mobilize resources for the Council. So far we have been successful in getting two projects funded. In the upcoming year we plan to continue to mobilize resources to develop our outreach and education programs in Kriol History, Language and Culture Training and development programs particularly for youth. Additionally, we plan to generate income through the sale of publications, videos and documentaries and the rental of Kriol and African Cultural Wear.
Our vision at the NKC is to have our own building whereby we can have ongoing education, training and business activities and a cultural museum. By partnering with the communities and the public and private sectors we can make this vision a reality.
We invite you to visit our office on Kelly Street during regular working hours to learn more about the council please feel free to contact us and share ideas and suggestions for the improvement of the council.