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Having fun with history

Children of the Couva Children’s Home and Crisis Nursery along with their adult chaperones saw history come alive on Saturday October 13th, 2012 as they were treated to a tour of the Maha Sabha Indian Caribbean Museum, Waterloo, Carapichaima. The occasion, hosted by  blink | bmobile was a special one for the youngsters, aged six to eighteen, as it was the first time they visited the museum, which features authentic artifacts dating as far back as the early 1900’s.

The Indian Caribbean Museum opened its doors to the public in 2006 with the support of TSTT and other sponsors. Curator Saisbhan Jokhan said the museum is dedicated to preserving the history of over one million descendants of East Indians in the Caribbean. Jokhan educated the children on important historical facts as they related to East Indian culture and gave a brief lesson on the Indian immigrants, the first of whom came to T&T from India as indentured labourers in 1845.

The children got the opportunity to view traditional Indian jewelry, pieces of clothing, ancient photographs - some over 100 years old, as well as a collection of Hindu and other texts. They were also afforded the chance to view East Indian artifacts and agricultural objects such as a Dheki (used for pounding cocoa and coffee beans as well as corn and rice grains) rare musical instruments like the Sarangi (Indian violin) and Tabla (a pair of East Indian drums).

TSTT wasone of the founding sponsors of the museum when it opened in 2006 and through blink I bmobile the company pledged to continue its financial support by providing $60,000 for future development. Trevor Deane – Executive Vice President, Marketing, Strategic Analytics and Carrier Business said TSTT was proud to be associated with the museum as it provided an important bridge to T&T’s history. “Our nation was built from a wealth of traditions and experiences stemming from various cultural backgrounds. We believe that it is critical to preserve this rich history so that generations to come will be able to learn and understand this “melting pot” that is Trinidad and Tobago,” said Deane. “In order to effectively equip our children to take this country forward we need to properly educate them about their past.”

Administrator of the children’s home, Joanne George, said the children were excited to visit the museum as they loved learning about T&T’s multi-cultural heritage.“At the home, we have children of all races and religious backgrounds so we really try to educate and sensitize them on everyone’s heritage in T&T,” she said, ”so we are especially grateful to blink I bmobile for making this fantastic opportunity possible.”

Following the tour, the children were treated to some traditional Indian delicacies courtesy the museum which is open to all, free of charge, on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.