On the right bank of the mighty Suriname river, on a 125 acre plot of land

There survives a lone Big Tree

It marks the outer border of Bigi Bon, Grote Boom in Dutch, Big Tree in English

Bigi Bon was a plantation with 80 enslaved people in Suriname

Ironically the official name of this slave camp full of people who had no freedom, was La Liberté, The Freedom. Go figure.

In the archives of this place

You’ll find people, with their children and their grandchildren

Their friends

Their relatives

Their neighbors

All enslaved Africans

People with no autonomy, stripped of their past, their future uncertain

But with only their pride and their resilience to cling to

They did something amazing

They figured out that they themselves could be a Bigi Bon

That they could stand proud and rise victorious over centuries of efforts to quell their spirit

They purchased the plantation

And turned this place that spelled the marginalization for their ancestors

Into an investment for themselves and for the generations that would follow after

They planted the Big Tree

And handed it down

The next generation raised their families there

Their children were born at Bigi Bon

They were raised In the shade of the Big Tree

Bigi Bon is still in their possession

Once there were two Big Trees that marked its border on the banks of the mighty Sranan River

One survived

Imagine what all it has been witness to …

We named our foundation Bigi Bon

In honor of the ancestors

The Big Trees

They watch over us all

Just like every Big Tree provides shade, food, protection and shelter to other beings that it towers over

And just like the current generation should provide protection and care and guidance to the next generation

That is the Bigi Bon mission