Facts About Our Work in Trinidad

Food For The Poor (FFTP) has been in Trinidad for 35 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.

FFTP works with four children’s homes as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through Angels Of Hope, 41 orphaned and abandoned children receive shelter, loving care and an education.

FFTP has built 281 homes for impoverished families in Trinidad. These sturdy homes provide shelter, safety and brighter futures for families in need.

In the first six months of 2020, FFTP shipped 65 tractor-trailer loads of aid to the Caribbean nation, which included the following items:

  • Agricultural tools
  • Clothes
  • Computers
  • School furniture
  • Nonperishable food
  • Household items
  • Medical furniture
  • Medical supplies
  • Personal care items

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 and has a population of more than 1.2 million people. The language is English and Protestantism is the largest religion. The currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar; the GDP per capita is $31,300.