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Food For The Poor
in Saint Lucia

Gifts In Kind is an important component of Food For The Poor, especially after a natural disaster. On October 30, 2010, Hurricane Tomas swept through the island of St. Lucia, killing a reported 14 people. Many homes lost roofs, or collapsed under the pressure of landslides on the western side of the island. Food For The Poor worked closely with St. Lucia’s Archbishop’s House in assisting families in need of storm supplies.

In 2013, Food For The Poor shipped 24 containers to the Caribbean nation, including:

  • Food
  • Personal care items
  • Educational supplies
A bee farmer in Castries, Saint Lucia, tends to his hives.

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Saint Lucia measures 606 square miles, about 5 times the size of Washington, D.C.

Many of Saint Lucia’s problems are health-related. Frequent water shortages in many areas have led to outbreaks of waterborne diseases. Also, slightly more than half of the children under age 5 who die do so because of complications from birth. Saint Lucia’s growing elderly population has also put a strain on the country’s senior citizens’ homes.

Economic fundamentals remain solid, even though unemployment remains high. The government is trying to revitalize the banana industry, although recent hurricanes have caused exports to shrink. Also, Saint Lucia is vulnerable to a variety of external shocks including volatile tourism income, natural disasters, and dependence on foreign oil.


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The island, with its natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, changing possession 14 times. It was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

Interesting Facts

  • The island was formed as the result of volcanic activity and is just 27 miles long and 14 miles across at the point of maximum width.
  • The principal economic power of Saint Lucia lies in exportation of bananas and coconuts.
  • One of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers to settle the island.
  • Saint Lucian cultural festivals include La Rose and La Marguerite, the first representing the Rosicrucian order, and the second representing Freemasonry.
  • A popular folk dance is the Quadrille.
  • The Saint Lucia Pitons are better known in St Lucia as Petit Piton and Gros Piton. Petit Piton is located in Soufriere soaring at a height of 750m from the sea while Gros Piton is located in Choiseul reaching a height of 797 meters.
  • Castries is a lively city, offering the ethnic sounds, smells, tastes, and sights that bring out the soul of the people of Saint Lucia.
  • Creole horses, a breed indigenous to South America, are popular on the island.
  • The Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall are part of Soufrière Estate, a 2,000-acre land grant presented by King Louis XIV in 1713 to 3 Devaux brothers from Normandy in recognition of their services to France.





Fast facts

  • Area - 606 square miles
  • Population - 160,267 (July 2010 est.)
  • Capital - Castries
  • Independence Day - Feb. 22 (1979)
  • Languages - English (official), and French patois
  • Religion - Roman Catholic 67.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.5%, Pentecostal 5.7%, Rastafarian 2.1%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5.1%, other 1.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.5%
    (2001 census)
  • Currency - Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) $2.7 Eastern Caribbean dollars = $1 USD (Oct. 2010 est.)
  • Unemployment - 20% (2003 est.)
  • Literacy rate - Total population: 90.1% | Male: 89.5% | Female: 90.6% (People age 15 and older who can read and write) (2001 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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