Voges launches Soualiga Foundation at St. Maarten’s Day event

POSTED: 11/14/11 3:47 AM

THE HAGUE – Minister Plenipotentiary in the Hague Mathias Voges launched the Soualiga Foundation on Friday as a means of bringing together St. Maarteners in the Netherlands. He’s also announced that a website for his cabinet is under construction. St. Maarten House already has a page on social networking site Facebook, but wants to expand its online presence.

The name of the foundation is taken from the original Amerindian name for the southern part of the island – Soualiga – which means land of salt. Its mandate includes organizing activities for and by St. Maarteners.

“I call on each one here present to support myself and my cabinet by becoming active in the foundation,” Voges said.

Roughly one hundred people attended Friday’s event, which was held at the Haagse HogeSchool. Some of the more noted guests were the Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner, Curacao’s Minister Plenipotentiary Sheldry Osepa and Aruba’s Minister Plenipotentiary Edwin Abath. The latter stressed the importance of good cooperation and Donner urged the gathering to look to the future, not to the “saints of the past.”

Friday’s program had a social element as well, allowing people to see each other again and catch up. There were performances from Orange Grove, Patrick Grayham and Mischu Laikah.


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