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Guyana Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Republic Day - February 23, 2015

The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT) congratulates Co-operative Republic of Guyana on the 45th Anniversary of their nation becoming a Republic.  Republic day however is not the same as and or should it be confused for Independence Day, which will be observed on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  The Greater Houston Area is home to many Guyanese who, as a vibrant people, contribute tremendously the diversity and fiber comprising the international melting pot of Houston. With warmth and great sincerity, we take time to congratulate them on the 45th Anniversary of their Republic.  And for Guyanese throughout the United States, abroad and in particular, those at home in Guyana, best wished for a happy and prosperous Republic Day. 

Guyana is a sovereign state on the Caribbean coast of South America. Although Guyana is part of the Anglophone Caribbean (Anglophone communities are English-speaking communities in areas where more than one language is commonly spoken), it is one of the few Caribbean countries that are part of South America. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), of which Guyana is a member, has its secretariat's headquarters in Guyana's capital, Georgetown.  Guyana is a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations and has the distinction of being the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole; an English-based creole language with slight Dutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences. Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, some parts of which are almost inaccessible by humans.

2015 Guyana Republic Day 

The name "Guyana" is derived from Guiana, the original name for the region that formerly included Guyana (British Guiana), Suriname (Dutch Guiana), French Guiana, and parts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the name comes from an Amerindian word meaning "land of many waters."

Some of Guyana's highest mountains are Mount Ayanganna (2,042 metres or 6,699 feet), Monte Caburaí (1,465 metres or 4,806 feet) and Mount Roraima (2,810 metres or 9,219 feet – the highest mountain in Guyana) on the Brazil-Guyana-Venezuela tripoint border, part of the Pakaraima range. Mount Roraima and Guyana's table-top mountains (tepuis) are said to have been the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel The Lost World. There are also many volcanic escarpments and waterfalls, including Kaieteur Falls which is believed to be the largest water drop in the world.  North of the Rupununi River lies the Rupununi savannah, south of which lie the Kanuku Mountains.

Happy Republic Day, Guyana!

 
Saint Lucia Celebrates 36th Anniversary of Independence - February 22, 2015

The Saint Lucia Foundation of Texas, in recognition of our country’s 36th Anniversary of Independence, sends warm regards to Saint Lucians in the Greater Houston, Area, Texas and throughout the world.  We in particular, send warm wishes and very best regards to our fellow citizens at home in our island Paradise, “The Helen of the West!”  It is not enough to say that we have achieved this important milestone; it is simply to say that through our 36 years of independence, our democracy has flourished; our island nation, through the hard work of our people, is recognized for our substantial contributions to the our world, in particular, our two Nobel Prize Laureates: Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott. 

Through our carefully crafted campaigns we boost the world’s number one honeymoon destination and is a favorite destination for tourist worldwide. We have weathered many storms and hurricanes with our strength, courage and resolve intact and undiminished. We are a strong vibrant people, who strive for excellence while remaining pure of heart and with a humble spirit.  Our “Helen of the West” has achieve much, and there is much more to accomplish.  Our governments through the years have maintain a slow steady hand at the helm of our democracy, taking us to independence and safeguarding our freedom and liberties.  Our nation is strong; our people transcends heart, passion, love of land and love of country: We are Saint Lucia!

Saint Lucia Celebrates 36th Anniversary of Independence 2015 

So, as we pause to remember our day of independence, we reflect back on all who came before us during more challenging times, on whose shoulders we proudly stand to see how far as a nation we can go.  And yes, we have much more to accomplish. From March 1, 1967 as an Associated State of the United Kingdom, to independence from The United Kingdom in 1979; to economist Sir Arthur Lewis winning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979 to Sir Derek Walcott winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, to 2007 when two women were elected to Parliament for the first time. 

 

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was elected speaker of the 17-member House of Assembly, while attorney Rosemary Husbands-Mathurin, a first-time legislator, was voted Senate president. This and much more has distinguished our island nation from our neighbors and has brought us admiration and respect worldwide. And so, as we celebrate our independence with parades, festivals, galas and patriotic speeches from our leaders, let us again pause to remember those who came before us and whose shoulders we now proudly stand.

 All The Best,

Peter Lyn René, Chairman & CEO 

 

Did you know that there are seven Caribbean Consulates in Houston?

Houston has the third-largest consular corps (Houston Consular Corps - Global Houston) in the nation after New York and Los Angeles. There are approximately 94 consulates in Houston, six of which are from Caribbean Nations. Consular officials develop economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relations between the countries they represent and the area in which they serve. An important function of a consulate is to help to increase commerce – trade, technology transfer and investments – both ways. Consular officials are a source of information on the economy, society, culture and tourism of the countries they represent.

 

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