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Important to preserve history and culture - National Trust



Rylis-Percival-417Basseterre, St. Kitts, 21st April, 2017 ( - Future generations are the ones who will benefit from preserving history and culture, said Rylis Percival, the executive director of the St. Christopher National Trust.

Speaking on ‘Working for You’, a government information radio program, Executive Director Percival said history is important for knowing who we are, and helps determine where we need to go as a people.

She said, "If we don't preserve our history, our real purpose might be lost, if our future generations don't understand what the real struggle was in getting where we are.”

As a consequence, Percival said the Trust engages with several partners, and with people of various age ranges in order to carryout programs that are beneficial to the country’s growth and development.

Partnerships with the Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Education and with entities in the private sector are essential to the successful work of the Trust, Percival explained.

Speaking of projects being pursued, Percival informed, “One of the projects involves mounting information and other educational markers at several sites around the island, so that visitors can learn more about the site and its place in the nation's history.”

She continued, “A second initiative will see the creation of a foot trail at the Petroglyphs, Stone Fort, to allow visitors the ability to move around more comfortably.”

But funding always remains the main challenge for the National Trust, a non-governmental, voluntary organization.

She said, “Partnerships with private sector entities are also important, particularly in providing funding for the SCNT activities. As a non-profit organization, the agency relies on cash donations from companies, a subvention from government, ticket sales from the National Museum and grant funding for projects.”

Percival pointed out that company donations to the Trust are tax deductible.

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