To provide the resources and support necessary to help improve the lives of vulnerable youth as they strive for economic self-sufficiency.
Ray of Hope was established in November 1998. The idea for the organization emerged from a casual discussion among friends who had a vision to give hope to the less fortunate children of Trinidad and Tobago. The commitment of these friends, along with the valuable input and guidance of Mr. Frank Cooper and Ms. May Cherrie of the St. Martin’s Welfare Association, made this vision a reality.
In December 1999, the inaugural Children’s Christmas party was held at the St. Martin’s Welfare Association in East Dry River, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Over 100 children from the community and environs – ages 14 years and under – attended the holiday celebration. This party is now an annual event. Children eagerly await this gathering, one that ensures that they each experience the magic of the season.
Ray of Hope continually seeks to find new ways to serve the children of Laventille, and to partner with those who believe in our mission. Assistance and generous contributions from families, friends, and the business community in Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Canada make our work possible.
The dedicated founders, Annette Tillet, Charmaine Metivier, and Victor de Silva have worked tirelessly to bring Ray of Hope to its current level of giving. In existence for over 15 years, Ray of Hope continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the community of East Dry River, Port of Spain.