Facts About Our Work in Barbados
Food For The Poor began serving in Barbados in 2015. The international relief and development organization is working primarily with The HUB People-Helping-People, a nonprofit organization that was developed and launched in April 2014, at the request of Bishop Jason Gordon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados. The HUB is a nondenominational organization that serves as an initial point of contact between people in need and community service organizations.
In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped four tractor-trailer loads of essential goods to Barbados, including the following items:
- MannaPacks (a nutritious food supplement)
- Household items and clothing
- Sewing machines
- Tables and chairs
- Baby supplies
Food For The Poor also shipped a tractor-trailer load of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown. The Queen Elizabeth is the primary hospital for the southern part of the island.
In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with the British Monarch as hereditary head of state. Due to its colonial history and connection to the United Kingdom, even after independence, it is sometimes referred to as Little England. The island has 11 parishes and a population of approximately 285,000 people, predominantly of African descent. The Barbados literacy rate is ranked close to 100 percent. The mainstream public education system of Barbados is fashioned after the British model. Historically, the economy of Barbados had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but since the late 1970s and early 1980s it has diversified into the manufacturing and tourism sectors. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. The island saw a construction boom in the early 2000s with the development and redevelopment of hotels, office complexes and homes. This slowed during the 2008 economic crisis.