Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Logos Hope is not just 'the book ship'

Project Coordinator Linocln Bacchus, Project Manager Esther Thring, and Haruka Kamauchi at the Logos Hope press conference.

Project Coordinator Linocln Bacchus, Project Manager Esther Thring, and Haruka Kamauchi at the Logos Hope press conference.

Calling the Logos Hope - the book ship unfairly reduces the vessel, its volunteers and their mission to a bare minimum.

At a press conference held at James Street Methodist Church in Bridgetown today, the Project Cooridnators and Manager stressed that the crew, volunteers and management team seek and work hard beyond the Book Fair.

With around 400 volunteers aboard including families with kids, the Logos Hope offers help and hope, along with knowledge, and only some of the knowledge is through the books.

The boat will be birthed in the Flour Mill Birth, St. Michael from November 9-17, 2017, and Barbadians along with visitors will have an eyeful and earful of culture to sample, savour and enjoy.

Esther Thring, Project Manager with the Logos Hope said that on the ship, people will get to interact with persons from around the globe. On the ship at present over 60 countries are represented. Laughing, she said that as a person from South Africa she was surprised when she met people from countries around Russia such as Kazakhstan and from even more central Africa like Kenya, for the first time.

Lincoln Bacchus, Project Coordinator is from Trinidad and Tobago and he said that for the best display of the cultures persons should try to attend the Open Ship on Saturday, November 11 when the Logos Hope will “bring the World to Barbados”. He said that on display will be items from various countries showcasing their culture in terms of instruments and such. And there will be two cultural shows at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm as well on the same day.

November 14 and 15, will see students from primary schools flocking to the boat, and on November 16, secondary school students will tour the Logos Hope and be educated about HIV/AIDS and Human Trafficking. The school tours are almost full as they are hosting three programmes with 200 students each.

Sunday, November 12, will be a special day on the boat as well, as persons can catch two showings of the play – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The boat will be closed on Mondays, but opened 10:00 am to 9:00 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sundays. Children under 12 and seniors over 65-years-old are free, while all others are $2.

Outside of the boat, the Logos crew plans to conduct community outreach on the streets and in schools. Haruka Kamauchi, the Project Coordinator, who is from Japan, said they are partnering with Christian churches on island to smoothly make presentations and provide assistance where possible. Members of the crew who are skilled carpenters and electricians also give of their time and services as part of the help offered by Logos Hope.

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