Île y a is a non-profit organization that works towards the preservation and transmission of the local Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). We believe that the strategies employed by the communities in the past have the potential to inspire the social innovations of the future.
Guadeloupe is a small country, a “department” of France, full of tradition. Our communities managed to survive multiple catastrophes through solidarity and by paying attention to each other.
Île y a aims at protecting the memories of our elderly by recording the stories they share with us and by transmitting them to others through our platform and through guided tours of the city of Pointe-à-Pitre – where most of our story tellers come from.
We also develop multiple projects in the field of ICH that address different groups and profiles. Besides working with the elderly, we have workshops in schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods in order to introduce the younger generations to the advantages of the ICH. We also use the ICH to raise awareness about the gender gap in our territory and to give visibility to the stories of migrants in Guadeloupe.