Facts About Our Work in Saint Lucia
Gifts In Kind are an important component of Food For The Poor’s work in St. Lucia. The organization works with St. Lucia’s Archbishop’s House in assisting families in need. Food For The Poor also works closely with CARITAS with the distribution of goods in St. Lucia.
As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has shipped 27 tractor-trailer loads of aid to the Caribbean nation, including:
- Hygiene and personal care items
- Products for community development
- Canned vegetables and meats and other foods
- Educational supplies, including books, pens, pencils and paper
Food For The Poor has established several new self-efficiency projects in St. Lucia, which includes beekeeping, and tilapia and shrimp farming.
As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has built 20 greenhouses to assist 20 basic schools with their individual feeding programs. The goal of the initiative is to educate students about the multiple benefits of trees and reforestation. Food For The Poor is working with Taiwan’s Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation to plant 10,000 fruit-bearing trees on the campuses of 60 primary and secondary schools across the Caribbean country of St. Lucia.
- Food For The Poor’s bee-farming program for the Pastoral Centre in Castries, St. Lucia, serves as an income-generating project, providing employment for beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey.
- Pastoral Centre Bee Farm Project Phase II will serve as an income-generating project, also while providing employment for beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey.
- Pastoral Centre Greenhouse Gardening Project will provide produce to offset expenses and generate income through the sale of the crops.
- Four tilapia and shrimp farms have been established in Paix Bouche. Located in a northern hillside community, the aquaculture projects are design to benefit the entire community, by providing employment and an affordable source of seafood for the residents.
- St. Lucy’s Home Food Production Project was created to promote self-sustaining chicken farms and vegetable gardens to improve the nutritional levels of the home's residents in Marchand. The project also will generate income, which will help to cover operational costs.