The St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Commission for UNESCO is doing its part to ensure that the Natural and Cultural Heritage of this country is preserved. The Secretary General for SVG National Commission for UNESCO, Miss Janeil Henry has revealed that, approximately USD9000.00 was received from one of UNESCO’s flagship programme, (Youth PATH) - Youth Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage to fund suitable activities in this area.
With this funding, the local office of the National Commission will be the local collaborating partner to implement a Heritage/Tourism project in conjunction with a community group from the Marriaqua Valley.
The project is designed to harness the potentials of Tourism and the rich cultural and natural heritage in St.Vincent and the Grenadines help alleviate poverty, give economic value to cultural heritage, and creating employment for young people, including juvenile probationers and at risk youth.
Special attention would be paid to the self-sustainability of community-based youth & gender projects by way of developing "social enterprise" projects, aimed at fostering entrepreneurship. The youth will also be provided with opportunities to generate income, become employable and develop action for the development of the Marriaqua community.
This vibrant community group in rich Marriaqua Valley, intends to use one of their mineral spas that has traditionally been utilised by many locals for the espoused benefits that it brings, and develop it into a tourist attraction that will bring opportunities to generate income.
Along with the physical development of the spa, the group is expected to erect an interpretation sign at the location. Additionally, it is expected that there would be capacity building workshops to assist in the youth. These include Communication/Tour Guiding and Customer Service. The project should be concluded by November, 2012.