Rise Hairouna is a nonpartisan citizen-powered grassroots movement that envelopes equality, integrity, and humanity. In the best interest of generations to come, Rise Hairouna encourages citizen power to champion St. Vincent and the Grenadines where justice is seen to be done no matter political affiliation, gender, color, or financial status. Rise Hairouna believes in the oneness of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and its ability to prosperously soar. National security, basic healthcare, human rights, violence, police brutality, and extreme poverty plagues the nation with the present administration showing an unwillingness and or are incapable to effectively address.
Justice is the indispensable companion of the truth. Accountability for crimes and gross violations, including individual accountability under criminal law, is key to reinstate public trust in justice and security institutions to rebuild the rule of law and sustainable peace.
Rise Hairouna researches into Sustainable Initiatives to aid locations in SVG that call for infrastructure revitalization and improvement of living conditions. Infrastructures like schools, housing, hospitals, and many more are just some of the initiatives that Rise Hairouna is looking into. We are self-supported financially via our events, fundraisers, online commerce merchandise, services rendered, and media programs. We are open to financial supporters/philanthropists via contributions from investors, sponsorship, and donor programs.
Rise Hairouna’s mission is to create international awareness around the issues that surround SVG, by delving into SVG political landscapes, culture, and history in order to better strategize feasible projects (initiatives) for the foreseeable future and betterment of SVG. In addition, it is our goal to unite the vast organizations of the SVG Diaspora to collaborate and mobilize under one umbrella where ever they may be around the world.
With this purpose in mind, we are able to execute feasible initiatives centered around socio-economic infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, universities, financial institutions, market places, tourist attractions, and hopefully many more to add, all while honoring SVG culture and history.
Nailah John is President of Rise Hairouna which was formed in December 2020, she is a social and political activist. She is a born Canadian of a Vincentian father and Ugandan mother, she moved to St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the age of five years old. Nailah possesses a dire passion for humanity and social justice . As a youth, she was a Brownie and then a Girl Guide in her teenage years. Nailah John is also President and Founder of Leave Out Violence in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (LOVNSVG). Leave Out Violence in St. Vincent and the Grenadines focuses and advocates on the issues of gender based violence against women and children. Nailah dedicates much of her work to the empowerment of women and children through avenues of education, awareness and advocacy. Her work includes lobbying to the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the passing of bills into legislation and amendments to legislation for the protection of women and children.
Charles Sampson is Rise Hariouna’s Vice President in the diaspora and plays a vital role in the organization. Charles Sampson Jr , a proud Garifuna who hails from the parish of Charlotte in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. As a young man growing up in the constituency of south central windward Charles always played an active part in the political changes taking place in his country. He believed that choosing to serve as a police office at the age of 19 was important to his nation. Charles then left the police service in 2002 for a career in the Royal Navy, in the United Kingdom where he worked as a Marine Mechanical Engineer. During which time he kept an active interest in the political and social changes taking place in his beloved Hairouna, addressing issues of national concerns such as the Yugge Farrell incident among many others. Charles is proud to serve as Vice President of the organization Rise Hairouna and hopes to continue to serve his country in every way possible to bring about positive changes in the development of St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
Andrea Weekes is an Registered Nurse, an Activist, and a Montrealer, born and raised.As a mental health practitioner, Andrea believes in advocating for the rights of her patients as well as the everyday person who is unable to do so themselves.
Andrea currently resides in Ontario, but in her free time when not keeping grounded with her yoga practice or travelling the world, you will find her volunteering her time with a few non profit organizations: Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS), Leave Out Violence in St Vincent & The Grenadines (LOVNSVG), and recently appointed secretary for Rise Hairouna (Diaspora Team).
Ceceal Michael Samuel is the Treasurer of Rise Hairouna. She is a born Vincentian from the remote village of Fancy in the North of the Island and was educated at the Fancy Government School. Her secondary education started at the Bishop College Secondary School, Georgetown and then the Emmanuel High School, Kingstown. She then went onto college at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Technical College. At the tertiary level Ceceal obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and is currently completing a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Social Work at the Grand Canyon University in Arizona, USA.
Ceceal has a passion for justice and equity for all people regardless of culture, creed, ethnicity, race, or gender. It is this passion that has led her to join “Rise Hairouna” to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedom of all Vincentians is preserved and sustained. She will forever challenge injustice and any form of oppression any where but especially in St. Vincent and the Grenadines – the land of her birth.
Carlita Allen is the Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for Rise Hairouna in the diaspora. She was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines at Lowmans Hill, formerly the constituency of South Leeward; now West Kingstown and was raised by a single mother who taught her children the value of hard work, honesty, good morals, generosity, and compassion for others. Her early education started at the Lowmans Leeward Anglican Primary School where she obtained her School Leaving Certificate. Carlita then went on to St Vincent Technical College where she obtained a certificate in Business Studies and some GCE O’Level subjects. She was the Secretary and Librarian for a Community Group for three years. Carlita worked as a Daycare Teacher, Post Mistress and a Clerk/Typist at the Public Health Department in St. Vincent. She obtained a certificate in Medical Billing from the Brooklyn Community College Continuing Education Department, EKG, Phlebotomy and a Business Skills Certificate from Grace Institute in New York.
Carlita Allen love for her Country and Vincentians on a whole led to her association with Rise Hairouna. She loves its platform of standing up for the social issues that are plaguing St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Issues such as, corruption, victimization, unequal rights, injustice, unfair labour practices, lack of accountability from the government, poor healthcare services and the numerous ills that the Vincentians are experiencing presently. She strongly believes that every Vincentian no matter their skin color, culture, gender, socio-economic status, religion, or political affiliation is worth fighting for. Carlita Allen stands with Rise Hairouna because she knows that they will fight for democracy, equality and a better life for all Vincentians, and to bring the country back to its formative democratic years.
Eudene Williams is Rise Hairouna’s Research Officer, she is currently a Self Employed graduate in the field of International Relations. She has a background in Hospitality and runs a small business name Divine Hampers. In this business, she does weaving of items such as cosmetic baskets, handbags, purses hampers etc. The skill of weaving being self-taught (something that proves a great level of proficiency) is engrained in her character. She spends a lot of time volunteering in her community, working with the youth and children, as a mentor and spiritual leader. Above all else, she is a God- fearing individual who keeps pious values at the centre of everything she does. She has a passion for helping others, works of creativity and has also developed a passionate interest in political activism in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
After attaining her International Relations degree from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara Turkey 2015, where she also learned her second language (Turkish), she has since interned in the research field of the Foreign Policy department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Her desire and current strides are towards establishing a Non- Governmental Organization that caters to the mentorship and needs of under-privileged or under-performing children in her community and wider country and works fervently towards achieving her goals.
Helen Neverson-Gary a born Vincentian currently residing in the United States. She is an Event Coordinator professional with a decade of experience working with people to bring ones vision to life. Always a leader and team player who communicates throughout all levels to bring about positive results. As an Event Manager for Rise Hairouna her goals are to create a vision for the betterment of all Vincentians. Helen has a passion for helping others, is enthusiastic and exceptional in delivering. Helen stands on the principle of justice and equality. She is a humanitarian and cares immensely for others.
Patricia Abbott is the President of Rise Hariouna in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is a born Vincentian who hails from the most beautiful Constituency in St. Vincent, North Leeward. She is a social activist and believes in equal rights and justice for all. She has experience in management and supervising, she has worked also in the legal field. She once held the position of Custom Service Coordinator at Unicomer. She is Entrepreneur and manages her own business. Patricia’s motto is service to humanity is the best work of life anyone can give.
Je Anne Mishka Jones-Ellis was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and holds the position of Secretary to Rise Hairouna in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is a qualified Assistant Teacher and is a Facilitator of the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) at the Marion House in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is passionate about helping others and stands on the principle of equal rights and justice for all.
Ashantie Prince is the current Treasurer of Rise Hairouna in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. She is the office manager to parliamentarian Mr.Daniel.E.Cummings for the past year and is a past student of the Campden Park Secondary School. Ashantie has a background in handling finances and was the treasurer of the West Kingstown Young Democrats. She was also formerly employed at Merles Groceries as a shop assistant for thirteen years. Ashantie is selfless and reliable, she gets the job done with integrity and passion. In her free time she enjoys singing , reading and watching horror films. To her, her biggest achievement is giving birth to her fours kids whom she loves very dearly.
Nikeisha Williams holds the post of Public Relations Officer of Rise Hairouna. Nikeisha K. Williams B.A.(Hons) is an educator by profession, social activist and a strong advocate for women’s rights and development in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is President of the South Leeward Branch, an arm of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union(SVGTU), the Chairperson of the Gender Committee, and she is a member of the Industrial Relations Committee of the SVGTU. Ms. Williams also sits on the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ Status of Women’s Committee in the capacity of Secretary.
On a personal note, Ms. Williams is the mother of one extraordinarily amazing 18 year old son but acts as surrogate mom to many, many of her nation’s teens and young adults.
Rosanna Maloney is the Assistant Public Relations Officer to Rise Hairouna in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is a young mother of two beautiful children. She grew up in a small community of Greggs with little or no opportunity for herself and many other young people living there. She decided to educate herself at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College with the intention of changing herself and creating a better atmosphere for her family, community and country. Her dire passion is Journalism and hopes to pursue this area of studies once the opportunity arrives. Rosanna also has interest in the medical field and hopes that one day she can translate her dream of nursing into a reality. She continues to use her strength to each out to those who need a helping hand and believes that no one should be victimized regardless of their political affiliation.
Akeem Greene is Rise Hairouna’s Social Media Coordinator in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. He grew up in the beautiful community of Prospect, attended the Brighton Primary School and later transferred to the Calliaqua Anglican School. He then went onto the St. Clair Dacon Secondary School. After his education at the St.Clair Dacon Secondary School he decided to learn a skill and enrolled at the Glen Learning Centre. After completing his education there he started working with his Uncle in a workshop. Akeem has a dire passion for justice and equality and as a young twenty four old man believes in the importance of standing up for the voiceless youth. Akeem’s advocacy work should be inspirational to other young people in St.Vincent and the Grenadines. He motto is “As youth we must rise.”
Dawn Jack is Rise Hairouna’s Ground Team Coordinator. She hails from the small village of Dickson in the constituency of North Windward in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She attended the Georgetown Secondary School. Dawn has a caring and humanitarian side. She stands on the belief of justice for all regardless of one’s social or political status. Dawn enjoys dancing and interacting with others. She has an ear from Gospel and Reggae music.