Our Supportive NGOs
Adult Literacy Tutors Association was established in 1992 to respond to the need for training tutors and later to address the major literacy problem among adults. ALTA conducts adult literacy programs throughout Trinidad with a cadre of ALTA trained volunteer tutors. A work place education branch and a prison programme form part of ALTA's ongoing work. Visit us online at www.alta-tt.org
Amica House is a safe home for socially displaced girls located in Curepe. This home was opened in 2001, many of the girls are victims of abuse, incest or children of drug addicted parents.
Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago is a local parent support group founded in 1990. It's mission is to improve the quality of life of person's with autism. Since 1999 ASTT has conducted annual training workshops for parents, teachers and therapists.
Bread of Life is located in the Caparo area and services the surrounding communities of Jokhan Trace, Caroni North, Bank Road and Mausica Road. The Evergreen Skills Centre focuses on empowerment through education. Several skills training programs are carried out to prepare young people to earn income.
Bridge of Hope was established in 1998 to provide a home environment for disadvantaged children to grow and develop in. The aim is to create a loving family atmosphere for children between the ages of 6 months to 18 years. The home is striving to become a model providing shelter, food, clothing and education to abandoned and abused children.
The Centre for Socially Displaced Persons - Court Shamrock provides a shelter for displaced and homeless persons. For years it has provided a mechanism through which persons affected by various social problems such as drug abuse could be rehabilitated and re-integrated into society. In addition to providing shelter, there are also various programmes run with a view to re-training through the provision of skills training to ensure that beneficiaries are given the skills and other assistance necessary for normal functioning. UWTT supported this organisation's start up of a welding programme.
Chest and Heart Foundation (CHATT) is actively involved in prevention of diseases of the chest and heart, CHATT provides aftercare services for patients and their relatives and promotes healthy lifestyle. Visit us online at www.chestandheart.org
The Children’s Villages Association of Trinidad and Tobago (CVATT) is one of the major institutions focused on improving standards in the management of children’s homes. Representatives of the organization regularly visit homes, to meet with administrators of the homes and is developing a model for building the capacity of homes willing to work with CVATT to improve the provision of care for abandoned and abused children. They also host regular capacity building workshops dealing with issues affecting the homes.
Consortium for Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities Limited is an umbrella organization comprising 12 organisations for the disabled. The consortium offers advocacy and training programmes for persons with disabilities.
The Cotton Tree Foundation was established in 1993 for the benefit of the residents of Belmont, East Dry River, St. Ann’s, Cascade and their environs. CTF provides leadership and hope, crafting the direction for the empowerment of the less fortunate people of T&T. The Cotton Tree Foundation has participated in the development and implementation of successful literacy programmes since the Foundation’s inception in 1993.
CREDO Foundation for Justice was founded in 1993 to deal with the increasing problem of children on the street. The CREDO Centre was opened in 1997 in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development to cater to boys. Later Sophia House was established to cater to young girls in distress.
Dyslexia Association was established in 1990 by a group of teachers and parents concerned about dyslexic children. Their mission is to build public awareness of dyslexia and provide training for teachers and parents to assist dyslexic children as well as training for dyslexic children with their particular learning disability.
Families In Action was established in 1988 to address the emerging problem of drug addiction in the country. Over time FIA has emerged as a virtual drop in centre for persons with alcohol and drug addictions and their families. Counselling and other support services are available. Parenting, peer counselling and mentoring training are also training programs that are offered. Visit us online at www.familiesinaction.net
Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL) is an umbrella organisation that collaborates with other NGOs that serve the poor, needy and handicapped so as to increase their service delivery capacity. FEEL provides food, clothes & pharmaceuticals as well as equipment for the handicapped.
Goshen House provides shelter, protection, food and clothing to battered women and their children, and pregnant teenagers who find themselves in difficult situations that seem hopeless.
Heroes Foundation - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Trinidad and Tobago is a community-based program using a model of mentoring introduced in 1904 in the United States of America and which has been adopted in over 37 countries around the world. The aim of BBBSTT is to provide services to children who have a desire for positive role models in their lives. Mentors are matched with children and mentors commit to spend at least 2 hours a week for a year in healthy positive activities.
The Hope Centre (SOUTH) provides services free of cost for children in the city of San Fernando. They work primarily with neglected, abandoned and orphaned children, focusing on placing children with foster parents.
Islamic Home for Children provides a home for orphans, destitute and homeless children. The home has a capacity of 50 children from the ages of 5 to 11. Most of the children come from the San Fernando and surrounding areas.
Kids in Need of Direction adressess the educational, social and emotional needs of disadvantaged children. Through their “sponsor a child to learn” program kind has helped over 350 children, giving them the opportunity to acquire a sound education while instilling in them a sense of worth.
The Life Centre is a school for special needs children/educations. Their primary work is with Autistic children. Most students attending are from families that are unable to meet the school fees. All other funding is had through fund raising and generous citizens.
Living Water’s Community social efforts are wide and varied. Several residences provide services to young men (Marion House); children (Our Lady of the Wayside Halfway House), hospice for the terminally ill, homeless and displaced (Caring Centre) drug rehabilitation (New Life Ministries). In addition Fountain of Hope offers remedial education , warehousing and distribution of food. In recent time the organisation has been given responsibility for refugee claimants in Trinidad & Tobago. Visit us online at www.livingwatercommunity.com
The Memisa Centre has Human Resource Pool of 140 persons. 100 plus clients and 40 employees. The project in question will benefit about fifty clients directly and will give some level on relief to about twenty-nine employees.
Moms for Literacy attacks the problem of illiteracy at its root working with children 7 - 15 years old. Children are recommended to the programme by the Ministry of Education Special Educators Department, Social Services department of Mount Hope, Schools, Teachers and Parents who have experienced the success of the programme.
Morvant Laventille Improvement Organisation focuses on poverty alleviation through skills and vocational training targeted at those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad & Tobago (POS) established in 1984 to meet the needs of victims of rape. Crises Centres are established in North & South Trinidad with Hotlines at both offices. Visit us online at www.rapecrisis.netfirms.com/
Rebirth House provides treatment, support and rehabilitation for persons suffering from drug addiction. There are drop-in centres as well as residential services. Other services include a Hot Line and some vocational and skills training.
St. Martin Welfare Association carries out charitable work in the community of John John and the residents of East Dry River with the view of arresting poverty and building up their self-esteem.
Servol was established not just to help the underprivileged but to get the underprivileged to help themselves. The organisation works at a national level in the field of Education and vocational training. Their Parent Outreach program assists parents to choose appropriate parenting practices and assisting them to explore and use information they already have and resources they already have available or accessing outside resources. Visit us online at www.servoltt.com
Special Olympics Caribbean was incorporated in 2002 and is a member of Special Olympics International. The Organisation serves 26 countries in the Caribbean. They offer training and competition in 21 sports utilizing 200 coaches involving 7,400 athletes. Apart from sports training and competition Special Olympics Caribbean offers coach development workshops, health screening workshops, host core events such as Caribbean Torch run relay and develops related public relations activities. These services are provided for the differently abled, their families, coaches of sporting disciplines and the general public.
The Tobago Literacy Unit provides literacy tutoring in Tobago for all ages. Support for children and adults with learning challenges i.e. dyslexia is also provided. A Drop-on Centre for those needing assistance in document preparation e.g. resume and photocopying is also provided. Parents are coached in the recognition of learning styles and to become facilitators of their children’s learning process.
Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence was formed to bring together those persons and organizations in Trinidad and Tobago that were working to eradicate domestic violence and other forms of gender based violence. All services offered by CADV are free to its target population. The CADV works at a national level and provides services to male and female victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, children etc.
T&T Innovative Parenting Support. Many persons become parents without having a clue about how to parent their children effectively. The Trinidad and Tobago Innovative Parenting Support (TTIPS) was established to fill the void in the availability of materials in this area. TTIPS started a newsletter which now serves as a mini encyclopedia for parents addressing many current issues impacting on family life and early childhood development. They also host annual workshops in areas such as discipline and anger management.
Vision of Hope is a Half Way House was established by the Eternal Light Community to provide care and support for Battered Women and their children in the La Brea area. In addition to the residential facilities, a school has been established to cater to the children of the residence as well as children from the area. Basic primary and vocational i.e. sewing is taught at the school.
Women Action for the Needy and the Destitute provides services which are targeted at out-of-school and at-risk young persons who are marginalised by poverty, gender and unemployment. WAND raises funds for, constructs and equips development centres that are located in depressed areas.
Women in Development is an organization dedicated to assisting needy families. They distribute food, clothing, assist with renovating the homes of needy persons and also provide on the job training and placements for young people, in addition to computer literacy training. UWTT donated 4 computers to this organization in support of the computer literacy programme.