MESSAGE FROM THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
FOR THE COMMUNITIES
The Regional Directorship for the Communities (Direcção
Regional das Comunidades) of the Presidency of the Regional Government
of the Azores was created in 1998. Its main objectives are to
promote better accompaniment and support of the Azorean Communities
dispersed throughout the world, to support candidates to emigration
and those who have returned, as well as to strengthen the ties
of these Communities with their origins, namely economically,
culturally, politically, socially and professionally.
It is in this context that the DRC (Regional Directorship
for the Communities) has come to implement, over these last years,
several projects directed at the Communities, of which I wish
to point out the following: financial support to public and private
entities in the ambit of cultural identity preservation; support
for study visits to the Azores for educational establishments
from immigrant communities and teachers residing abroad, and which,
in the previous 5 editions, has enabled the participants to get
to know something of the Azorean reality; Meetings of Media, Cultural
and Social Service Associations; The Trip to the Azores Prize
for the best Portuguese Language students in the U.S.A. and Canada,
among several other actions.
We are aware that much remains to be done, that new projects
need to be developed in order to meet the needs and ambitions
of our Communities. But to this end we require your support, suggestions,
opinions and ideas. Only in this manner will we able to build
a platform of common action, with clearly defined objectives,
so as to realize our aim – namely, to serve the Portuguese
people better and well.
We wish to express a word of appreciation and affection for all
Azoreans as well as praise for the important role the Azorean
islands and our Communities have played in Portugal’s Atlantic
dimension, and your contribution in promoting a dynamic cultural
expression evocative of our country and Archipelago.
THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR THE COMMUNITIES
ALZIRA MARIA SERPA SILVA
(Translated from the original Portuguese text by Adiaspora.com)
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