The Barrouallie Tourism and Heritage Organization (BTHO), celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a week of activities commencing from Sunday 14th to Friday 19th July 2019. The BTHO was formally established on 28th June 2008 as the co-manager of the Wallilabou Recreation Park, one of 14 national sites developed under the European Union-funded Tourism Development Project (TDP) 2007 - 2009.
The BTHO started their week of activity with a church service at the Kingdom Life Ministries on Sunday 14th, followed by a beach clean up at the Mount Wynne on Tuesday 16th. On Thursday, a one-day summer camp was held at the Wallilabou Heritage Park with twenty (20) students who were successful in the 2019 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) Exams, and who attended the Barrouallie Anglican School and the Barrouallie Government School.
The educational session was conducted by Ms. Twanique Barrow, Communication & Public Education Officer of the NPRBA. Ms. Barrow facilitated a Power Point Presentation on plastic pollution. The students were sensitized about the negative impacts of plastic pollution on their environment and health, and were challenged to become environmental stewards.
Following the educational session, there was an official ceremony at which twelve (12) of the students were awarded with bursaries, while the other eight (8) children were presented with gifts, which consisted of various school supplies. The week concluded on Friday 19th with a dinner for past and present BTHO members.
The fifteen-member group is headed by Mr. Cecil Gordon, President, Mrs. Andrea Doyle, Vice President, Mr. Cyril Doyle, Treasurer, Ms. Nadine Kirby, Secretary and Mr. Ronald Francis, Public Relations Officer. Each year, BTHO conducts a series of community activities such as donation of gift baskets, visits to the shut-ins, beach clean-up, children fair and barbecue among others.
Its outstanding contribution to community tourism has not gone unnoticed: On four (4) occasions, the BTHO received the award for the Most Outstanding Community Tourism Organization in SVG. These honours are bestowed upon deserving individuals or entities at the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture Award ceremony.
The BTHO is committed to protecting the natural environment, preserving heritage, improving the quality of life of local people, and strengthening the local economy.