Spreading the festive cheer
The High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago in South Africa distributed food hampers, toys and books to learners at the Tsaroga Phoka Primary School in Soshanguve, Pretoria. The gift hampers in time for Christmas were most welcome especially after a severe hailstorm damaged roofs and windows of many buildings in the area.
High Commissioner Harry Partap, his wife Nazra Partap and his team from the High Commission in Pretoria distributed the gifts to 350 learners from Grade R to Grade 2 and the entire school of 750 learners received ice lollies.
School Principal Peter Kekana and School Governing Body Member (SGB) Isaac Makua were grateful to receive the donations. Kekana explained that majority of the children who attended the school were from the informal settlements in the area and that the students were from child headed homes.
350 children’s story books from Random House publishers were also donated to the school.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the most southerly island in the West Indies, Christmas is about gifts, friends, relatives and lots of food.
Parang bands go from house to house serenading the inhabitants with Spanish songs to the accompaniment of the guitar, cuatro and maracas.
Egg nog is traditionally served for breakfast with homemade breads. Together with the traditional dishes of ham and turkey, callaloo the national dish of Trinidad and Tobago, made from dasheen leaves, okra and crab is served.