In 1994, the United Nations Global Conference on Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States was held in Barbados. The late Dr. Colin Hudson, inspired by the late Dame Nita Barrow, then Governor-General of Barbados, mounted the “Village of Hope” exhibition to demonstrate “sustainability”, the focus of the Global Conference.
In the two-week period of the conference, 45,000 people came to see the exhibits in The Village of Hope. Because of this success, Dame Nita encouraged Dr. Hudson, along with others, to create a permanent version of The Village. From this spark, the Future Centre Trust was established. The concept was led by the vision of Dr. Colin Hudson and guided by the Trustees.
In January of 2000, “the turn of the century”, Counterpart International, a sustainable development organisation based in Washington, DC, expressed an interest in extending its programs into the Caribbean. A partnership with Future Centre Trust certainly seemed mutually fruitful, so after careful consideration, the Trustees of the then Future Centre Trust took the opportunity to establish an international link with Counterpart International. In so doing, the activities of the Trust were magnified and its scope expanded from Barbados to the Caribbean.
Counterpart Caribbean continued for some nine years until 2009 when it was recognised that a more locally focused program was required to move the organisation forward.
In early 2009, a locally based committee was established to assist in the realignment of the goals and objectives of the Future Centre Trust. A newly elected local board moved the organisation from Counterpart Caribbean back to the popular and locally recognised brand of the Future Centre Trust. In so doing, a new energy and focus was drawn for the Future Centre Trust of today.
Today’s generation is truly recognising the benefits of community education on conservation and preservation of resources. The Trust’s current programmes include the Barbados Trailway, Clean Up Barbados, Future Trees, and Green Business Barbados.