Serving food
Community Organizations

The Natural Heritage Department is located at 1 Sturges, on Highway 2 near the villages of Welchman Hall and Allen View in the heart of St. Thomas Parish and near the geographic centre of the island of Barbados. We are centred here in the midst of the communities that rely on the department for help, guidance and assistance.

Community is something we do together. It's not just a container. Infrastructure, roads, water, sewer, electricity and housing provides the shell within which people live. It is within this shell that people do the things together that allow them to sustain livelihoods. These include but are not limited to education, health care, business, recreation, and spiritual celebration. People working together with shared understandings and expectations are what provide a place of strong community.
Sociologist David Brain

Youth PATH

The world has never been as rich as it is today, yet over one billion people suffer
from extreme poverty. UNESCO is committed to raising awareness to the fact
that freedom from poverty is a fundamental human right.

Poverty may be defined as a human condition characterized by sustained or
chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary
for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural,
economic, political and social rights.1

The Youth Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage (Youth PATH) was
designed and implemented to engage young people in true partnership with
UNESCO. Young people from 14 countries in the Caribbean were neither perceived
as passive recipients of outside assistance nor as a “target group” per se. They were
considered as active participants and partners in the project itself which contributed
to their sense of empowerment.

The project was initiated and implemented in a broad variety of cultural contexts
in which the development of natural and cultural heritage tourism industries was
used as a poverty eradication tool. In this approach, income and employment generation
are the strategies used to address the problems of extreme poverty and

The handbook features lessons learned on planning, implementing, sustaining,
monitoring and evaluating similar projects, as well as useful recommendations for
engaging stakeholders, building partnerships and potential funding sources. It was
prepared with the help of young people from 14 Caribbean countries who were
involved in the project. It is designed for use by project planners in Ministries of
Tourism, Youth Development, Culture and for Non-Governmental and Community
Based Organizations to design projects in collaboration with and for young people
to engage them in the conservation, development and management of natural and
cultural heritage tourism sites.

United Nations Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, 2001
Director, UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean.

Youth PATH in St. Thomas

From the Project's inception, the Barbados Project Team conceptualised a work-plan comprising activities which emphasised the alleviation of mental proverty and physical proverty. The team recognised that mental proverty is a crippling state of mind which had to be negated, and if successfully managed could more readily eliminate physical poverty, with out creating dependency.

Grapefruit and Molasses Foody Trail