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Food For The Poor in Antigua

Food For The Poor works in Antigua primarily through donations of goods. The charity has sent:

  • 6 containers to the Caribbean nation
  • Hygiene and personal care items
Food For The Poor ships containers of aid items to Antigua and other Caribbean countries every year.

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Antigua measures 280 square miles, about 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C.

All major indicators point to the possibility of increasing poverty in Antigua unless the slowdown in the economy is reversed, and more jobs are created.

Tourism has been Antigua’s dominant economic mainstay for the past several decades, and with that major sector of the economy steadily decreasing, the population of unemployed people on the island is on the rise.

Water management is a major concern for the nation because of limited natural fresh water resources. Deforestation for the purpose of increasing crop production is hampering all water management efforts because it is causing rainfall to run off quickly.

According to local reports, many on the island believe it is imperative to devote much greater attention to the key development issues of poverty, education and job creation for Antigua.


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The Ciboney people were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C., but Arawak Indians populated the islands when Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493. The English who formed a colony in 1667 succeeded early settlements by the Spanish and French. Slavery – established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua – was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981.

Interesting Facts

  • English Harbor, on the southeast side of the island is home to “Nelson’s Dockyard,” a restored British colonial naval station named after Captain Horatio Nelson.
  • Antigua’s Sailing Week takes place at the end of April, beginning of May, and draws a large crowd of sailing enthusiasts from all around the world.
  • Antigua’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism; making the country extremely susceptible to harsh economic times.
  • The first inhabitants of Antigua are believed to have been the Ciboney Indians, who made Antigua their home for several thousands of years before mysteriously disappearing. To this day, scientists cannot explain their sudden disappearance.
  • A popular dish in Antigua is called “dukuna,” and consists of a sweet, steamed dumpling made from grated sweet potatoes, flour, and spices.
  • Antigua held the 2007 Cricket World Cup, thousands of fans showed up to support their team, the West Indies.
  • Living on an island, Antiguans are naturally obsessed with the water and everything you can do in it, including: boating, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, and even swimming with the rays.
  • An exquisite celebration of culture can be explored during the ten-day festival of Antigua’s Carnival. Colorful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, live music, food fairs, and cultural shows – everything needed to bring your senses to life.
  • Interesting fact — the importation and wearing of camouflage is prohibited in Antigua.


Fast facts

  • Area - 442.6 sq km (Antigua & Barbuda)
  • Population - 85,632 (July 2010 est.)
  • Capital - Saint John's
  • Independence Day - Nov. 1, 1981, from the U.K.
  • Languages - English is the official language of Antigua
  • Religion - Anglican 25.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.3%, Pentecostal 10.6%, Moravian 10.5%, Roman Catholic 10.4%, Methodist 7.9%, Baptist 4.9%, Church of God 4.5%, other 13.2%. (2001 census)
  • Currency - East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) / 2.7 East Caribbean Dollars = $1 USD (Oct. 2010 est.)
  • Unemployment - 11% (2001 est.)
  • Literacy rate - Total population: 85.8%
    (Defined: People age 15 and older who have completed 5 or more years of schooling) (2003 est.)


By age (2010 est.)

0-14 years: 26.8% (male 11,660 / female 11,303)
15-64 years: 66.6% (male 26,597 / female 30,414)
65 years and over: 6.6% (male 2,456 / female 3,202)

Median age (2010 est.)

Total: 30 years
Male: 28.5 years
Female: 31.4 years

Infant mortality (2010 est.)

Total: 16.25 deaths / 1,000 live births
Male: 18.76 deaths / 1,000 live births
Female: 13.62 deaths / 1,000 live births

Life expectancy (2010 est.)

Total: 74.76 years
Male: 72.81 years
Female: 76.81 years

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