Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment

CDD

Prince Godwill D. Fomusoh visits the Community Development Department

It was a lively morning at the Community Development Department on Tuesday, 20th February, 2024, as Prince Godwill D. Fomusoh of the West-African nation of Cameroon paid a courtesy visit to the Department.

The prince, who arrived in Barbados on Sunday for a busy three-day visit, is the founder of the Prince Godwill D. Fomusoh Foundation (PGDFF), which has partnered with the Community Development Department and Massy Foundation on the Barbados is Blooming “Little Libraries” project.

This project involves the installation of free little libraries at a number of the Department’s community centres, the first of which was installed at the Parkinson Resource Centre, and the latest of which was installed on Friday, 16th February at the Ellerton Community Centre.

The CDD chief gives the prince an update on the Little Libraries which were spearheaded by his foundation, PGDFF Caribbean Inc.

In a meeting with Chief Community Development Officer (Ag), Mrs. Yolande Skeete, Deputy Chief Community Development Officer (Ag), Mrs. Sophia Paris and Managing Director of PGDFF Caribbean Inc. Mrs. Anita Sundaram, Prince Godwill was updated on the Little Libraries installed to date. The prince was happy as he received the report that the libraries have not been vandalized, but cared and respected by Barbadian children, who have readily embraced the concept of taking and returning books for others to read.

Impressed with the display of art and craft in the Department’s offices, all produced in the Community Arts and Senior Programmes, Prince Godwill left some art of his own. The Department received three autographed copies of the prince’s books, Surviving the Sahara, Discipline as a Disciple and Flying with the Prince. Mrs. Sundaram also made a surprise donation, on behalf of PGDFF Caribbean, of three directional signs for the Ellerton Community Centre.

Prince Godwill and Managing Director PGDFF Caribbean Inc. Anita Sundaram present a surprise gift of three directional signs to Community Development Officer (Ag), Deborah Thornhill, for the Ellerton Community Centre.

Despite having only ten hours remaining in Barbados, Prince Godwill did not leave the Department before meeting all staff present, these ranged from the driver/ operator, to the Registry staff, to the Community Development Officers, who paused their training for a quick, impromptu introduction. Prince Godwill said he can see a future with the little libraries and expressed a desire to continue his foundation’s partnership with the Community Development Department. This desire was welcomed and reciprocated by Mrs. Skeete, who ensured both Prince Godwill and Mrs. Sundaram received tokens of appreciation from the Department.