About Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia
Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia The diverse and complex ways in which people and organizations are required to act and interact in cross-cultural settings generate a multitude of challenges, albeit interspersed with enriching and exciting opportunities. This is especially so if that people or organization represent a community of migrants domiciled in a land that offers opportunities but with a price tag that quite frequently requires one to reach deep down in the pocket of the soul and spirit and shed, quite unwillingly, many of one’s much cherished values, culture and traditions. In such an environment, if the members of the community are to successfully meet the challenges and capitalize on the available opportunities, the need for the camaraderie, advice, guidance and support of one’s fellow nationals becomes strikingly manifest. It was in such a context that, in November of 2003, a group of very concerned and dedicated nationals of Trinidad and Tobago, recognizing the existing void in the community, took the bold steps of establishing the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia. Through this medium, they hoped to provide the appropriate impetus and mechanism for helping the growing community of Trinidad and Tobago nationals in Georgia rise above the many challenges that they encounter and take full advantage of the opportunities that cross their paths. The population of Trinidad and Tobago nationals in Georgia has been growing consistently over the last decade. From a population of some 3,000 in 1990, it is estimated that the number of Trinidad and Tobago nationals in Atlanta alone has grown to almost 25,000. (Figures for the whole of Georgia are not currently available). This development has significantly increased the need for an organization that would bring together the disparate elements of the community and mold them into a seamless and formidable body capable of winning widespread respect for its cultural uniqueness, its economic dynamism, its educational pursuits, its political awareness, and its leadership role in a broad array of community development initiatives. The Trinidad and Tobago Associations of Georgia, Inc. is bent on being such an organization. OUR VISION Our vision for the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia is a closely knit, professionally managed, and highly successful organization that is recognized in Georgia, other states, and Trinidad and Tobago as the model organization of its kind, and the driving force behind a Trinidad and Tobago community that is highly respected for its cultural uniqueness, its economic dynamism, its educational accomplishments, its political awareness, and its leadership role in a broad array of community development initiatives. OUR MISSION The Trinidad and Tobago Association of Georgia is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing the general well-being of persons in Georgia with origins, heritage, family ties, or a special interest in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, through the implementation of creative and dynamic activities and programs that are directed toward the cultural, educational, economic, political and social empowerment of the community. Our actions are generated and guided by a strong belief in the Creator, a fervent sense of community responsibility, an abiding respect for all people, and a firm commitment to excellence, accountability, consistency and integrity. OUR OBJECTIVES To establish and maintain a positive image of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, its people, and its culture among the Georgia population in particular, and the USA in general. To enhance the level of knowledge, skills, and self-sufficiency of the Trinidad and Tobago community in Georgia. To ensure that the Trinidad and Tobago youth population in Georgia obtain the support necessary for them to excel in their personal development, educational, and recreational pursuits. To provide a healthy forum for social interaction, recreation, exercise, exchange of ideas, and networking for members of the Trinidad and Tobago community in Georgia. To provide support services for members of the Trinidad and Tobago communities in Georgia, the wider USA, and Trinidad and Tobago. To ensure that the views of the Trinidad and Tobago community in Georgia are heard and respected by the political directorate. To acquire the property, equipment, materials, and services required for facilitating the administration, programs and activities of the organization. To expand and maintain at a consistently high level the human resource base of the Association. To establish an accounting, information, and reporting system and process that would provide accurate, timely and relevant financial information to members and our significant publics. To ensure that the programs, projects, activities, events and operations of the Association are based on an accurate assessment of the community’s needs and aspirations, and that they result in significant benefits and advantages to the community.
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