Facts About Our Work in Antigua and Barbuda
Food For The Poor works with primary partner St. Vincent de Paul under the Diocese of St. John's- Basseterre in Antigua. An important component of Food For The Poor’s assistance to Antigua is through gifts in kind. Antigua became a safe place of refuge for more than 1,800 people from the neighboring island of Barbuda when Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history, made landfall on Barbuda on Sept. 6, 2017, as a Category 5 storm, destroying 95 percent of the buildings on the island. More than a year after Hurricane Irma, hundreds of its residents have returned and are slowly rebuilding their lives with the help of NGOs.
In 2018, Food For The Poor shipped 10 tractor-trailer loads of items to serve basic needs such as healthcare, nonperishable food, products for community development and educational supplies.
In 2017, Food For The Poor also shipped the following hurricane supplies:
- Two-burner liquid petroleum gas (propane) stoves
- Gas cans
- Five-gallon buckets with cleaning supplies
- Mosquito nets
- Folding beds with mattresses
Food For The Poor has three projects in Antigua dating back to 2015.
- A tilapia fish farm was established in the capital city of St. John’s to help Tilargo Farm become self-sufficient and provide economic development for the community.
- Tilargo Farm initiated a program designed to educate schoolchildren about the importance of caring for the environment, agriculture and fishing. Local residents also are taught how to care for the tilapia, which is an excellent food source.
- Food For The Poor built a storage warehouse for in-country partner St. Vincent de Paul in order to make the storage and distribution of goods more efficient.
Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, Antigua is known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Antigua’s English Harbour is a yachting hub and the site of historic Nelson’s Dockyard, now part of a national park. In the capital, St. John’s, the national museum displays indigenous and colonial artifacts. Antigua’s economy is reliant upon tourism, but agriculture also is important. The island is primarily focused on the domestic market instead of the export of goods. Production on the island consists of the cultivation of cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane, and livestock. The agricultural market in Antigua falls under the constraints of limited fresh water supplies and lack of sufficient labor.
Population: Approximately 104,000 Capital: St. John’s Area: 281 square kilometers (108 square miles) Language: English Religion: The Anglican Church is the largest religious denomination Currency: East Caribbean dollar Life Expectancy: 76 GDP per Capita: U.S. $24,100 Literacy Percent: 99%