Press Release:- On Sunday June 9th, 2019, the residents of Beausejour once again demonstrated the power of Koudmen.
Koudmen, as described by historian Dr Lennox Honychurch, is a Creole word that originated from the French term ‘a coupe de main’.
By coming together to tackle the deplorable condition of the roads in Beausejour Phase 2, they gave testimony to Honeychurh’s words when he described Koudmen as the “Social Glue that kept communities together” (DA Vibes, 2019).
After-all, this is how our grandparents did it. Persons who was disadvantaged, had limited resources and were unable to undertake major projects as individuals, could do so when the community came together. When persons collaborated, devoted time, effort, skills or simply gave moral support, the quality of life was positively impacted.
Through self help, with Koudmen, no one was left behind – persons got to build houses, construct roads, plant gardens, sent children to school. or even got food to eat.
The objective of the activity was more than just that of road repairs, but it was used as an opportunity to build friendships and to encourage social interaction among residents.