Migrant Children in Trinidad Learn to Play Steel Pan

TRINIDAD — Fleeing a country riddled with political and economic instability, most Venezuelan migrant children have had to grow up before their time.

One Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the La Romain Migrant Support (LARMS), together with Miss T&T World Tya Janè Ramey and the Golden Hands music institute are trying to mitigate the effects of the painful transition from Venezuela to T&T and are hoping their efforts will assist in integrating the children into society, the Trinidad Guardian reported July 19.

The groups have started a pan-training camp for 15 Venezuelan children at Golden Hands in San Fernando and Ramey spoke to Guardian Media about the project yes­ter­day.

“This is the first session of Project Esperanza, where we have interaction between the children of the LARMS group and Trinidadian children allowing them to assimilate and acculturate into T&T,” Ramey said. “I believe that our culture provides that space to do both—our music, our pan is beautiful, our agriculture and these are some of the ways that we are going to be using to mend and see togetherness and unity with migrant children and T&T.”

Ramey, who heads off to London in December to compete in the annual Miss World pageant, said this project is the basis for her “Beauty with a Purpose” element of the pageant.


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