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We live in Suriname, A country situated in the northern part of South America, that has a beautiful tropical climate with a vast rainforest. This rainforest provides us, the population, with lots of fruits, wood, medicinal plants or herbs,  game,  birds, fish in swamps, creeks and rivers, many ores, like gold, alumina, iron. The forest provides crafters with lots of seeds, and other natural materials. In the interior, we as inhabitants, and tourists find peace and quietness to relax. Ecotourism,as it is referred to, enables humans become one with nature. In and around the capital, different hotels, motels and apartments can be rented, so tourists can stay and enjoy the beautiful city of Paramaribo. Here you can get acquainted with the multicultural population, that lives peacefully and respects one another’s culture (religion, customs, language, dancing , etc.). The food of the different groups is what all tourists will always remember. If you don’t believe this, listen to the popular Trinidadian singer Mighty Sparrow who acknowledges this in his song about Suriname.


I am Nowilia Sabajo and currently I am a teacher. I teach at English at a middle school. I really enjoy my job teaching childeren about the language and about pursuing their dreams.


Nowilia is really an Amerindian in body and soul. Like these people she likes fishing, swimming, walking through the forest, working in the garden and sleeping. Enjoying all that mother nature offers is never too much. She has always admired the Amerindian culture for its beautiful colors: the beads, the clothing and the hammocks. Their pottery and music is also adorable. Working in the garden is what she enjoys most, because then she has food. She plants vegetables and fruits and plants for pots are her favorites, because these need less care. Whatever vegetables she finds they are all welcome, because the fertilizer that is used is as much as possible from nature. This makes the vegetables extra tasty. Some photos will prove this


Except for the fact that she earns her daily bread by teaching English at a high school, she also gives private teaching to foreigners who speak English, but want to learn Dutch and Sranan-Tongo, the creole language in Suriname. She has been busy with this for ten years now and has developed her own course, similar to the newly published book: a course on paper and a CD to listen to. Another activity is assisting the priest in church or replacing him in times of his absence, and holding masses at home when people celebrate special birthdays or in times of deaths. For the elderly and sick people the body of the Lord is brought to enlighten their lives.

Bernadette Awatjale

Bernadette Awatjale werd geboren op 10 juni 1952 in het dorp Bigi Ston, in het district Marowijne. Ze heeft haar jeugd daar doorgebracht en heeft er gewoond tot haar 26ste jaar.Daarna verhuisde ze naar Albina en vervolgens naar Paramaribo. Momenteel is ze woonachtig in het district Wanica.

Bernadette Awatjale was born on June 10, 1952 in the Amer-indian village Bigi Ston in the Marowijne district, where she grew up and lived till the age of 26. She moved to Albina for a few years and then to the capital Paramaribo. Presently she lives in the Wanica district.


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