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The Foundation responds to special needs and emergencies, working with several community based organizations and agencies to spearhead a special humanitarian effort that did aid Jamaica during ravages of Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, and is poised to assist other needs More...


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The West Indian Foundation also provides a strong link into the community in the Hartford area, including programs for our children and adults, community outreach and development projects, supporting the lifeline of vital services, summer enrichment, carnivals, parades and celebration of events uniquely West Indian More...

 

Welcome to the West Indian Foundation, Inc.


The West Indian Foundation, Inc. was founded by the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc. to serve as the central focus of West Indian cultural, social and educational activities in the Metro Hartford community. West Indians include peoples native to the Independent Nations of the Caribbean islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Christopher, St. Vincent, the Republic of Guyana, The Bahamas, Barbuda, Dominica, Antigua, Belize, Suriname, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis as well as Jamaica.


 

West Indian Foundation Celebrates 36 Years


The West Indian Foundation, Inc. is hosting its 36th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 6:00pm at the Windsor Marriott, Windsor, CT 06095.
 
The Foundation based in the Greater Hartford area convened sponsors, supporters, scholarship and award recipients at the Windsor Marriott Hotel, Windsor CT for this major fundraiser which provides scholarship for deserving students residing in the area. This year four deserving high school graduates received scholarships to further their education at area colleges and universities.
Three individuals from the community were also honored for their work in the community and beyond. The award recipients are:
 
        The Honorable Sydney E. Schulman---Lifetime Achievement Award
        Rev. Suzette Debeatham Brown---Community Service Award
        Dr. Edgar Johnson---Business Service Award
 
This event will help to highlight the Foundation’s motto of “Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow”, with scholarship recipients selected from the submission of an array of essays on topics such as the Impact of the Migrant Farmworkers in Connecticut and the Contributions of Marcus Garvey. The Officers and Board of Directors are committed to educating today for a better tomorrow by hosting a yearly Summer Enrichment Program for children age 5-18 years, focusing on the development of math, science and reading skills. The Summer Enrichment Program partners with the Talcott Mountain Science Center, The Connecticut Science Center, The 4-H Farm and the Hartford Library Literacy Program. The Program also highlights areas in fine arts and costume-making.
 
Distinguished invitees to the Gala includes various Caribbean Islands Consul Generals, The Honorable Pedro Segarra, Mayor of Hartford and The Honorable Sydney Schulman, Mayor of Bloomfield.
 
Sponsors for the event are GraceKennedy/Western Union, Energy Radio, Mr. Dwight Freeney, among others.
 
The West Indian Foundation is a 501 c ( 3 ) , non-profit organization in Connecticut. The Foundation begun in 1978, with the vision of five individuals seeking a way to help the community by educating today for a better tomorrow.


West Indian Population in the Hartford Area


The West Indian population presently is estimated at over 70,000 in the Metro Hartford area, The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the identity, history, the unique cultural heritage and to educate the community at large in these traditions.

To that aim, the Foundation has produced a wide variety of programs, activities and services.