The Vision for Swaen Village

From Ruins to Richness

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“The author deserves much respect and admiration for her daring attempts to secure and restore the three ruined homes in Swaen Village where she once lived and for which she retains emotional ties.”
Maria Ph. Liberia-Peters
Former Prime Minister of Curaçao

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Introduction - Possess the Land

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Introduction – Possess the Land

Suddenly after forty (40!) years, I repeat forty years, a flame of fire appeared, like the burning bush in the wilderness.

The Valley of Vision

2. The Valley of Vision

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

RSVP: Read, Study, Visualize, Pray

3. RSVP: Read, Study, Visualize, Pray

“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.”
Richard Bach

Farewell Holland

4. Farewell Holland

“If what you see is not what you saw, then what you see is temporary.”
Dr. Myles Munroe

Back to Humble Beginnings

5. Back to Humble Beginnings

At times I wondered if my urge to return was the right decision. Exercising patience and biting my tongue weren’t always easy. The faults we find in others, more often than not, are the same we are guilty of.

Are There Decent People Living in Zwaan?

6. Are There Decent People Living in Zwaan?

“So Mrs. Libert, where do you live now?”

“In Zwaan.” Replied my mother.

The lady was startled, and answered: “You live in Zwaan, Mrs. Libert? I didn’t know there were decent people living in Zwaan.”

Community Foundation Swaen: FSiB

7. Community Foundation Swaen: FSiB

Fueled by the positive publicity, FSiB issued letters to neighboring and distant companies, requesting material or financial donations. The first cheque we received was from the island’s oldest local bank, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank N.V.

Rebuilding the Ruins

8. Rebuilding the Ruins

Due to negligence and the bad governance of both the former and present governments, no budget was made availabe for funding of the project. The lack of money became the root of all evil. Such situations either break you or make you.

Swaen Village: The Mission Continues

9. Swaen Village: The Mission Continues

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”
Nelson Mandela



“One cannot deny the awe-inspiring patience and perseverance exercised by Tirzah during the past years.”
drs. Lionel Janga

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