Trinidad and Tobago

Despite its beautiful landscapes and beaches, Trinidad and Tobago copes with widespread poverty. A rise in violent crime and other social ills are leaving in their wake many vulnerable children, and hindering the country’s development.

Trinidad and Tobago is a developing nation composed of two islands located at the southern end of the Caribbean chain of islands, just north of Venezuela.

The economy of Trinidad and Tobago is heavily dependent on the production and export of petroleum and gas, making it extremely vulnerable to fluctuations in world oil prices.

Recent estimates indicate that poverty levels are continuing to rise, with a further widening in the distribution of income. About half of the affected are considered extremely poor, and unable to afford even basic foods.