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Ray of Hope: ROH was established in November 1998 with a vision to give hope to “Kids in Need” in Trinidad and Tobago. Its mission is to impact the lives of vulnerable youth by providing resources and support for advancement. The “Ray of Hope” is that the many needs of the children who live in East Dry River will be met and exceeded.
ROH has developed need-based projects to make a difference in the lives of our youth. Proceeds from the fundraiser will directly support the children from East Dry River for educational and social events.
Summer Camp: ROH plans to sponsor 30 students to attend a two-week Summer Camp at The US International School. The children will experience educational and fun activities while being exposed to new and exciting opportunities.
St. Martin’s Welfare Association: ROH has established a book drive and has delivered over 300 books to the community center. In 2016 we plan to quadriple that amount. To make a book donation, please contact ROH at
Early Childhood Care Center: The center is in need of educational supplies and toys that support early learning development.
Annual Christmas Event: Since 1998, Ray of Hope has hosted a Christmas party for the children. The event provides food, refreshments, gifts, entertainment, and a book distribution center for over 200 children - ages 12 and under.
As it seeks to continue its charitable work in East Port of Spain, the St. Martin Welfare Association is appealing for donations of money and time.
Association President Frank Cooper shared in a media release that there were many more opportunities the Association wants to provide for the community, like creating a homework centre for children, but the Association lacks necessary funding and personnel. The John John-based organisation, which has as its motto “Charity urges us on,” appealed for volunteer teachers in order to make the homework centre a reality.
Cooper also explained that the Association usually distributed foodstuff to needy persons each month. Unfortunately, this program is under review because of lack of funds and the irregular receipt of foodstuff from donors. He added that the Association conducted courses in food preparation and cake decoration. It also provided courses in computer literacy and operated an early childhood care centre in partnership with SERVOL.
Though the celebrations were scaled down this year, Cooper said the Association commemorated the feast of St. Martin de Porres on November 3with Mass and breakfast. Members of the community and others were invited. He commented that community spirit was very much alive as the congregation sang. Father Michael Makhan presided at the Mass and spoke about St. Martin de Porres -- his humility, love for the less fortunate, and his gift of bilocation – all evident in the Association in some way, according to Cooper.