Facts About Our Work in Trinidad

Food For The Poor has been in Trinidad for 31 years and began building homes there in 2005. The charity partners with the Living Water Community in Port of Spain, which has been serving in Trinidad since 1975.

  • Food For The Poor has built 563 housing units
  • In 2017, Food For The Poor has shipped 70 tractor-trailer loads
  • We work with six Angels Of Hope orphanages

More About Our Work

Food For The Poor works with six orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through the Angels Of Hope program, 63 children receive shelter, loving care and an education.

Food For The Poor has built 563 housing units for the poor in Trinidad. These sturdy homes provide shelter, safety and brighter futures for families in need.

In 2017, Food For The Poor has shipped 70 tractor-trailer loads of aid to the Caribbean nation, which included the following items:

  • Tillers for farming
  • Water pumps for farming
  • Sewing machines
  • Goods to serve basic needs, such as hygiene and personal care items.
  • Products for community development.
  • Books, pens, pencils and paper.

In 2014, Food For The Poor established an aquaponics project in Port of Spain, and expanded or opened three rehabilitation centers with Living Water and New Life Community. The rehabilitation centers are serving 20,000 people.

  • The Benedict Rehabilitation Center is located in Port of Spain.
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Women is located in Palo Seco.
  • Transition Home for Women in Recovery is located in Siparia.

The island of Trinidad was a Spanish colony from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1498 to the capitulation of the Spanish Governor, Don José Maria Chacón, on the arrival of a British fleet of 18 warships on Feb. 18, 1797. During the same period, the island of Tobago changed hands among Spanish, British, French and Dutch. Trinidad and Tobago (remaining separate until 1889) ceded to Britain in 1802 under the Treaty of Amiens. The country Trinidad and Tobago obtained independence in 1962, becoming a republic in 1976. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, the country’s economy is primarily industrial.