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Help for locals

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Help for locals

We travel to the caribbean every year, when there we like to help a school, hospital or orphanage by bringing school supplies, cloths etc. Can anyone tell me of any places that is in need or perhaps a local family? I do this so our kids will learn to give back and enjoy what they have.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Help for locals

I hear you on this, and think it's wonderful that you are teaching your children that everyone is not as lucky as they are.

First I must caution you that Antigua has come a long way in the last 25 years or so, and has grown economically so much during that time frame. I am not saying there are not pockets of poverty, and plenty of them, but there is a good deal of national pride in what has been accomplished. And many people are solidly middle-class. So you need to be careful----Antiguans have a lot of which to be proud, and you wouldn't want your generousity to be taken the wrong way.

For example, I would not bring clothing. Even in the poorest areas, you will notice the kids' school uniforms are always clean and ironed. Antiguans are proud people (and for good reason).

Second, I would ask, where are you staying? Because I believe your best bet is to do something local----the infrastructure for charitable-giving may already be in place; most likely through local churches but sometimes other ways. In Old Road Town, for example, the owner of Curtain Bluff Resort has been helping kids for decades through a unique program of his own design.

I think school supplies are welcome whereever one travels----heck, they are even welcome here at schools in the U.S.!!! Or do something just-for-fun. Since the 1940's, my family have packed little Xmas stockings for the kids in our local village (notwithstanding the fact we are Jewish). It's just something we do; a bit of small this-and-thats for the kids to show we appreciate living here, and a bit of stuff for the kids to have fun with at Xmas---small toys, candy, and such.

Obviously there are hospitals in Antigua; I am not sure about orphanages. The main hospital is in St. Johns and you could always contact them to see what they might like for their childrens' ward.

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2. Re: Help for locals

I would wholeheartedly recommend the Amazing Grace foundation as a place to give to if you have the opportunity. They have a 'shopping list' on their site, and do fine and very necessary work with some very needy children.


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