― Manoj Arora, Dream On
“Do not go by our humble beginnings. Be wary of our enormous vision.”
Our mission is to support development, cultural exchange and stability of migrants who are inadequately served, with a special interest in community led projects, food security and climate change issues by increasing social and economic inclusion of women, girls and families. In addition, be at the forefront campaigning the elimination of stigma and discrimination in order to provide migrant populations with services to prevent HIV infection.
Past & Present Projects
We at SBBSL have had a very busy and fulfilling year (2020-2021) of activities. We have touch the lives of several hundred migrant women and girls over our project year. However, we also acknowledge and respect that there is still so much more to be done. We at SBBSL, are grateful for the support given to us by Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) for funding projects that helped bridged the gap. We have managed to touch the lives of many migrant women, girls and families during these very difficult and uncertain times.
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Message from the Board
On behalf of the Board of Directors, management and volunteers of Stg. Building Bridges…Saving Lives, we would like to thank our donors, business partners, affiliates, communities, and supporters in all sectors for your trust and support. We wish you protection from the spread of Covid-19 so that you, your families, and Suriname as a whole can continue to move forward together.
Surinamese Culture and People
Located in South America’s northeastern Atlantic coast, Suriname is the continent’s smallest nation. Suriname houses a population of 597,927 individuals. The country has a highly diverse and dynamic culture that reflects influences of Asian, European, and African cultures.
Ethnicity, Language, And Religion
The population of Suriname has a multi-ethnic background. Hindustanis (people from northern India) comprise 27.4% of the country’s population. The Maroon people (people of African descent brought to Suriname as slaves), Creole (people of mixed African and European descent), and the Javanese account for 21.7%, 15.7%, and 13.7% of the country’s population, respectively. The native Amerindians and people of other ethnic backgrounds comprise the rest of the population.
Dutch is the official language of Suriname. English, Sranantongo, Caribbean Hindustani, and Javanese are some of the most spoken languages in the country. Protestant and Catholic Christians account for 23.6% and 21.6% of the population of Suriname, respectively. Hindus and Muslims represent 22.3% and 13.8% of the country’s population, respectively.
The cuisine of Suriname is influenced by African, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Amerindian, and several other cuisines. Some popular food items in the country are nasi goreng (Indonesian style fried rice served with vegetables or meat), roti (an Indian style flatbread), mie goreng (Indonesian style spiced fried noodles) pom (a native dish made from the roots of the Arrowleaf elephant ear plant), peanut soup, battered fried plantain, etc. Rice, roti, tayer, and cassava are the staple foods of the cuisine. Chicken, salted meat, and stockfish are widely consumed. Some of the most common vegetables are okra, eggplant, and Yardlong beans. The boy (a coconut and cassava cake) and fiadu (a cake made of almonds, succade, raisins, and currants).
Life In Surinamese Society
Gender roles and status in the Surinamese society varies depending on the cultures of its various ethnic communities. In some cultures, women act as the emotional and economic center of the household while in others, men dominate the family and have the final say in most matters. Marriage customs also vary widely in the country. In Hindostani families, arranged marriage is more common. Lavish weddings are the norm. In Caribbean families, women-headed families are not uncommon. Many women have children from multiple partners and often practice serial monogamy while many men also have relationships with more than one woman.
The size of the household varies greatly in the country ranging from small, nuclear families to large households with several generations living together under the same roof. Children are brought up according to the cultures of the ethnic communities to which they belong. Education is considered exceedingly important by all population groups living in Suriname. Some groups, especially the Amerindians and the Maroons have rites of passage. Initiation ceremonies are held to welcome an individual into adulthood. For example, the Wayana boys are exposed to stinging wasps and they must withstand the stings without a whimper to exhibit their courage and strength. With all this diversity Suriname is truly the melting pot of South America.