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Bacchanal Mujer

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Pati Garcia and I am a midwife at [the registered charity NGO childbirth centre] Mamatoto.

The Mamatoto building in Belmont has been standing for 11 years! For an NGO to last this long in the Caribbean doing what we do is unheard of! And I love being part of that anomaly.

I was born in East Los Angeles, California, in the USA but, in Trinidad, I would call myself, “an East girl” – because I’m definitely not from, “the West”. Although I have the complexion for it, the West wouldn’t be my vibe at all!

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​Puppy – and Kitten – Love

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jessica Jaggernauth and I am the administrative assistant at the Trinidad Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

I am from St Helena side, the side with the flooding! It’s a really nice village. Not too much crime and you have a doubles stand everywhere you go!

My immediate family is just my mom, Nadira Morang, and my younger sisters Chelsea and Gabriella. My dad left, like, four years ago. We survived. Gabriella now going into standard four, so it hit her the most. We just try to be with her as much as we can.

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Sacred Cows

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Today’s feature is drawn from a 2007 interview that began as a discussion about the agreement between the State and religious schools but soon descended into a sustained attack the interviewer still recollects fondly and with much laughter.

My name is Sat Maharaj and I was in favour of the Concordat between religions and the State.

Education is never a static thing [though] it has been in Trinidad. The Concordat was an agreement originally signed by the Catholic church and the State in 1960 [and amended by] all the traditions [or all the religions] developed over the last 60 years. A slow erosion of all the agreements in the Concordat [has led to] less authority over the management of your schools. The secondary schools run by the churches are the premier secondary schools in Trinidad & Tobago, because of the commitment of the teachers and management of the churches to ensure you don’t only have a secular education but also a sacred education.


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​No Babylon by School Bus

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Wayne Bhagan and I drive a private school bus.

I grew up in Barataria but I’m living in Petit Valley 50 years now. So I think I could say I’m “from” Valley.

This year it’s 41 years I’m married to Anne-Marie Bhagan but we don’t have children. I’m content because everything is the Boss’ hands.

Of course I’m a believer! Of course! No question! I’m Catholic. But, as a child [aged] five, very young, I had a vision of I being in and coming down from Heaven. The I-Am spoke to me, put hands on my shoulders and so on. And then it was like I was brought from there to Earth and put with the Aming family to bring me up. So I can see how people are being taught and so on.


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​Bread of life

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Ibokemi Huggins and I make good bread.

A lot of people don’t know my African name. They know me as, “Giselle” – and, actually, my name is Dulcina, given for my grandmother. But Ibokemi is what I tote now, for who I am. “Ibo” is where the two waters meet – we are spiritual people. I am an Orisha devotee, not a Baptist.

I’m from Moruga, the same Moruga-with-the-rice. My mother’ twin sister used to plant rice and we actually know ‘bout the Creole rice more than buying rice. We grow up putting rice on the donkey and running with the donkey toting the load! So I’m a REAL country girl.


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Bacchanal Mujer

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Pati Garcia and I am a midwife at [the registered charity NGO childbirth centre] Mamatoto.

The Mamatoto building in Belmont has been standing for 11 years! For an NGO to last this long in the Caribbean doing what we do is unheard of! And I love being part of that anomaly.

I was born in East Los Angeles, California, in the USA but, in Trinidad, I would call myself, “an East girl” – because I’m definitely not from, “the West”. Although I have the complexion for it, the West wouldn’t be my vibe at all!

Read more

​Puppy – and Kitten – Love

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jessica Jaggernauth and I am the administrative assistant at the Trinidad Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

I am from St Helena side, the side with the flooding! It’s a really nice village. Not too much crime and you have a doubles stand everywhere you go!

My immediate family is just my mom, Nadira Morang, and my younger sisters Chelsea and Gabriella. My dad left, like, four years ago. We survived. Gabriella now going into standard four, so it hit her the most. We just try to be with her as much as we can.

Read more

Sacred Cows

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Today’s feature is drawn from a 2007 interview that began as a discussion about the agreement between the State and religious schools but soon descended into a sustained attack the interviewer still recollects fondly and with much laughter.

My name is Sat Maharaj and I was in favour of the Concordat between religions and the State.

Education is never a static thing [though] it has been in Trinidad. The Concordat was an agreement originally signed by the Catholic church and the State in 1960 [and amended by] all the traditions [or all the religions] developed over the last 60 years. A slow erosion of all the agreements in the Concordat [has led to] less authority over the management of your schools. The secondary schools run by the churches are the premier secondary schools in Trinidad & Tobago, because of the commitment of the teachers and management of the churches to ensure you don’t only have a secular education but also a sacred education.


Read more

​No Babylon by School Bus

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Wayne Bhagan and I drive a private school bus.

I grew up in Barataria but I’m living in Petit Valley 50 years now. So I think I could say I’m “from” Valley.

This year it’s 41 years I’m married to Anne-Marie Bhagan but we don’t have children. I’m content because everything is the Boss’ hands.

Of course I’m a believer! Of course! No question! I’m Catholic. But, as a child [aged] five, very young, I had a vision of I being in and coming down from Heaven. The I-Am spoke to me, put hands on my shoulders and so on. And then it was like I was brought from there to Earth and put with the Aming family to bring me up. So I can see how people are being taught and so on.


Read more

​Bread of life

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Ibokemi Huggins and I make good bread.

A lot of people don’t know my African name. They know me as, “Giselle” – and, actually, my name is Dulcina, given for my grandmother. But Ibokemi is what I tote now, for who I am. “Ibo” is where the two waters meet – we are spiritual people. I am an Orisha devotee, not a Baptist.

I’m from Moruga, the same Moruga-with-the-rice. My mother’ twin sister used to plant rice and we actually know ‘bout the Creole rice more than buying rice. We grow up putting rice on the donkey and running with the donkey toting the load! So I’m a REAL country girl.


Read more

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