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.
Birdsong is a well-established NGO with a 40 year track record of providing a invaluable community service in the areas of education and training, youth care, poverty alleviation and family life enhancement. The NGO has a good organizational structure largely due to the efforts of well-qualified professionals who serve as board members and volunteers. http://www.birdsongtt.org
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.
Casa de Corazon operates a residential children’s home that accommodates 17 children who have been either abandoned, abused /or orphaned between the ages of 5-15. “The Home’s programme is designed to “support challenged children… to facilitate their maximum potential as well as reintegration with their families and wider society.”
Caribbean Educational Association is a non-profit civil organization incorporated under the companies’ ordinances of Trinidad and Tobago as an approved Charitable Body since 11th January 1982. The members and friends of CEA are concerned citizens who seek to challenge young people, to excel and to serve. CEA has, over the past 30 years, initiated a series of youth development initiatives which have spawned various on-going activities impacting positively on different aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s society. By way of example one such activity is the Caribbean Institute of Family Development (cifdtt.org) has been holding regular courses on family life, inviting international speakers and publishing material on family values.
CEA currently runs, in conjunction with a sister Association PROED, 10 centres of youth development. The most recent project is the initiation of a pre-school and two primary schools in the Port of Spain area.
The Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization (CKFTO) is a nonprofit body with a mandate to provide occupational therapy and other therapies including physiotherapy and speech language therapy in Trinidad & Tobago, for all children and families with special needs, regardless of income or ability to pay. These services will be aimed at children with various developmental and physical issues to help them realize their fullest potential.http://www.ckfto.org
The Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (CSDA) CSDA serves as a regional hub for sport for development initiatives in the Caribbean, and has worked in collaboration with many local, regional and international agencies. http://www.caribbeansportanddev.org
The Companions for transfigured Christ- John Paul II Centre on Fatherhood Fatherhood is a registered NGO and social outreach ministry to men recognized as a Ecclesial Community of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain. The organization was founded by three young men who had the desire to help address some of the social, moral and spiritual challenges facing young men in society.
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.
Charis Works Community Therapy Centre is an established school for the learning disabled and other challenged children at the primary school level. The school offers professional therapeutic physio-therapy programs for children who are challenged with physio or neuro motion disorders, speech and language disorders, and music therapy for children with autistic tendencies, learning disabilities and verbally challenged.
The Christ Child Convalescent Home is a residential children’s facility that caters for 35 children (both boys and girls) between the ages of 6mths to 11 years old. Direct supervision of the home is undertaken by the Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters. The home falls under the auspices of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain. The home was established in 1946 for children convalescing from various illnesses. Through the organisation’s 6 years in existence, the home has become well known throughout the community as a professionally operated institution for abandoned and abused children. The intakes to the facility usually come via the family court, social services or the police.
The Consortium of Disability Organizations Organizations is a non-profit voluntary organization incorporated on February 09, 2001 under the Companies Act 1995. Its main objective is to support the advancement of persons with disabilities with the skills and education that will help them to achieve their fullest potential.
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.
The Couva Children's Home and Crisis Centre (formerly the Phillip's Children's Home and Nursery School) located at Campden Road, Couva, is a not for profit organisation that provides a safe haven for socially displaced children and a crisis nursery. The crisis nursery aspect of the operations caters for the care of babies and toddlers who are at risk of abuse from young and/or teenaged parents or other persons. The babies are placed in care while the parent undergoes a course of counselling or personal development eventually leading to secure employment and removal of the child from care.
Creative Parenting for the New Era Era is a training organization which collaborates with likeminded groups and individuals to develop a unified and systematic approach to dealing with challenges of family life.
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.
The Cyril Ross Nursery is an Institution owned and operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. It houses thirty-five (35) children and is responsible for the medical management of thirty other children living with their Parents and or Guardians in different parts of Trinidad and Tobago. http://www.svdptt.org/
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 charitable organisation that collaborates with other CSOs (Civil Society Organisations) working in the areas of poverty alleviation, disaster prevention & recovery, education and capacity building and medical support. FEEL provides bulk donations of food, clothes, cleaning, hygiene, medical and education supplies to CSOs to redistribute in the communities they serve.
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.
The Informative Breastfeeding Service (TIBS), a Breastfeeding Resource Centre, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, serving the people of Trinidad and Tobago. It was founded in 1977 and registered as a charity with The Ministry of Finance in December 1980.TIBS’ initial aim was to offer support and encouragement to mothers who wished to breastfeed and the organisation continues to do this. Today, however, the work of TIBS has expanded considerably to meet the ever changing demands of the health sector and the wider community. TIBS is the only organisation in the country with a singular focus on breastfeeding and is recognised as the only organisation of its kind in the English Speaking Caribbean. http://tibstt.org
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.
Joshua Boys Home is a residential children’s home that provides accommodation for 14 boys between the ages of 2-17 years old who have either been abandoned or abused.
Kernaham Centre for Community Development (KCCD) is an initiative for the development of a community. Kernaham is a rural community located in the South-Eastern coast of Trinidad. The population of the community is approximately 126 families whose only means of income is subsistence farming and fishing. Most live below the poverty line. The remote location acerbates this situation, especially education and other developmental opportunities for the socially at risk: children and young adults.
The need for a community based initiative located within the community to bridge these gaps and increase access and coverage to the community is critical, as such, Bridge of Hope together with the Kernaham Village community, has initiated a project by starting the Kernaham Centre for Community Development (KCCD) in an effort to address some of the needs in that community.
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 La Brea Social Action Group runs an outreach programme which includes the collection and distribution of food and clothing, transportation of the sick and elderly to the clinic and hospitals, transport for children to and from school.
The Lady Hochoy Home (North) addresses issues of mentally retarded persons from infancy to adulthood. This includes residential care, special schooling, vocational training and early intervention.
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 Loveuntil Foundation operates a pre-school, a bakery that generates employment for residents in the area and revenue for the Foundation, Parenting support courses and Youth Development Programmes In March 2009 the READI Centre (Drug Rehab Centre) located in Mathura was opened to provide a sanctuary for drug addicts/substance abusers to be rehabilitated.
MAMATOTO Resource and Birth Centre is an organization that focuses on providing women, pregnant mothers and their families with education and alternatives with respect to the entire birthing process. MAMATOTO’S goal is to provide a safe satisfying and individualized birthing experience for women and their families. The programme enables families of all different economic brackets to access their facility and services. In order to achieve this, the organization offers pro bono and a sliding scale payment options, as well as undertaking outreach initiatives in the local Belmont community. http://mamatoto.net/
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.
The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) is a non-governmental agency (NGO) which promotes equalization for persons with disabilities through training, information, research and consultative services. National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) is committed to equality of opportunities in the administration of its educational/training programmes for individuals. It conducts its assessment and awarding process in a manner that does not discriminate against a trainee or a prospective trainee, and apprentice on the grounds of disability (type and degree), race, age, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or marital status.http://www.ncpdtt.org
New Life Ministries Rehabilitation Centre is an NGO, which falls under the umbrella of the Living Waters Community that provides treatment and rehabilitation programmes for persons affiliated with the disease of addiction. The center also serves as a resource center for tertiary level students in counselling, social work and other related studies
Rainbow Rescue provides a nurturing environment for socially displaced boys. It was formed in 1999 as a result of deep concern over the increasing number of children living on the streets due to poverty, breakdown in family life and other social services. The organisation provides a home for 20 young men aged, 10 to 19. Visit us online at www.rainbowrescuett.org/
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.
The Salvation Army Army is known worldwide for its missionary work to the poor and victims of disasters. The Salvation Army is one of the world's largest faith-based charities with some 3,600 officers and 3.3 million volunteers. Its Christian faith-based programs assist alcoholics, drug addicts, the homeless, the elderly, prison inmates, people in crisis, and the jobless through offerings such as community centers, housing facilities, and rehabilitation centers. The organization also provides disaster-relief services.
The Social Justice Foundation is a registered non-governmental organisation whose mission is to bring social justice to rural and disadvantaged youth through introducing them to the discipline, profession and opportunities of Communications technology – specifically via video production. Some of the organization’s key programmes to date include The Good News Programme – an intake programme that trains youth in video production and it also introduces TGN Media, next generation video – a new entrepreneurial business for graduates of the intake programme.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Roman Catholic voluntary organization dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantaged providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. http://svdptt.org
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
Tobago Institute of Literacy is a Non-Governmental Organization that provides literacy, language and life skills support to the general public either as individuals or through established organizations. Tobago Institute of Literacy initially aimed to establish classes in the communities throughout Tobago by providing training for volunteers who would then establish classes in their own community. The work has since evolved to include consultancy on literacy issues, networking with other community education providers, and setting up of language support/literacy programmes for government agencies e.g. M.U.S.T and SITTE.
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.
The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society is actively involved in the fight against cancer through screening to facilitate early detection, education to increase public awareness of the disease, social counseling and psychological support and welfare assistance to persons throughout T&T.
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.
The Trinidad and Tobago National Council on Alcoholism and Other Addictions provides counseling and “Informania Programmes” to individuals and students on alcoholism and other drug related addiction.
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.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society (TTRCS) was founded on 12 July 1939 as a Branch of the British Red Cross Society. It has its headquarters in Port of Spain, with branches in the North and South of the island of Trinidad and one branch on the island of Tobago. Following the attainment of independence in 1962, the TTRCS became an Independent Society by Act No. 15 of 1963. On August 8, 1963, the TTRCS became part of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Constitution of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols of 1977 and the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement which are: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality.
The TTRCS is made up of several departments with programmes grouped into six core areas: Promoting Humanitarian Principles and Values, Disaster Preparedness and Response Health and Care in the Community, HIV and AIDS information/ Education Youth Activities and Restoring family contacts.
The Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society (TTRCS) is an auxiliary in the humanitarian field to the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.
Veni Apwann's vision and desire for the future is: 'A dynamic, collaborative, strong Caribbean civil society sector leading the way in improving the quality of life of its people.'To achieve its vision, Veni Apwann's mission is: ‘To build capacity in existing and potential Caribbean civil society by providing training, technical support and guidance to empower them to become visionary leaders in their communities.' http://veniapwann.org
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.
YMCA is a registered non-governmental organization; their main focus is working with children and youth, their mission is to develop healthy, caring, responsible individuals contributing to a society characterized by love and unity
Youth Business Trinidad & Tobago (YBTT) is a member of Youth Business International network whose mandate is to assist unemployed young persons into self-employment. YBTT provides loans and business mentoring to unemployed young persons between the ages of 18-35 years. YBTT therefore assists those persons with skills who are finding difficulty in having their projects funded by the other more formal lending institutions. http://www.ybtt.org/