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year end review 2019

Volunteers & Contributors

Dollars Raised this year

Covid-19 Support

Mask & Food Distribution

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the shores of Trinidad and Tobago, FEEL has distributed over TT$40 million in goods comprising 77,000 food hampers, donations of toiletries, cleaning products, hygiene supplies, clothes, shoes, medical supplies, hospital beds and much more. Up to the period ending September 30th, 2020, FEEL has distributed approximately 230,941 reusable face masks at the request of the Ministry of Health.

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Each month non-profit organisations that are members of FEEL receive email invitations to collect a donation of goods. The donations vary and are dependent on the support FEEL receives from its international and local partners.

FEEL has a network of international partners that provide bulk donation of goods in kind. FEEL uses these donations to support its work in:

  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Education and Capacity Building
  • Medical Support
  • Disaster Prevention and Recovery
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Poverty Alleviation

On a monthly basis FEEL invites Civil Society Organisations to collect donations in keeping with their work.

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Medical Support

On a monthly basis feel provides supplies to assist in the home health care of individuals. Typically, this support includes:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Hospital Beds
  • Commodes
  • Diapers
  • Walkers
  • Crutches
  • Bath Chairs

 

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Education & Capacity Development

SCHOOLS CAN REGISTER TO RECEIVE DONATIONS FROM FEEL UNDER THE FEEL SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAM. Donation include:

SCHOOL FURNITURE

  • 5–piece pre-school furniture sets
  • School Furniture for Primary and Secondary school levels
  • Computer Sets Administrative Equipment Sporting Goods

MUSIC EDUCATION

  • Music sets including Marching Band and School Orchestra Sets

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Sewing Machines
  • Computer Sets ideal for Schools and Homework Centres
  • Folding 6 Seater Tables with chairs

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FEEL School Support Programme

In mid 2015 Sister Theresa Vialva, was on her way to Port-of-Spain, at her wits end, thinking that she had exhausted every possibility in her search for furniture for use by the students of Holy Faith Convent, Couva. In what she can only describe as an intervention from God, she remembered Clive Pantin and the work of FEEL and decided to detour in to Fernandes Industrial Centre to see if she could find the organization. After driving around the compound, she was advised that FEEL had relocated. Eventually she found the organization, but found out that Mr. Pantin was retired. The CEO, Mrs. Elena Villafana-Sylvester came out of her office to ask how she could help. This was the start of a new relationship that has borne fruit, not only for the students of Holy Faith, but for students of overeighty primary and secondary schools.

Based on the feedback from Sister Theresa and discussions with principals at other schools, FEEL began its school support programme. “We started small at first, with only thirteen schools, but that has more than doubled this year. Schools benefit from a wide range of support including school furniture, cleaning supplies, toiletries, stationery, sports and music equipment.”

These are the most recent examples in a long history of working in education. In the past FEEL has worked with companies such as Phoenix Park Gas to build and outfit school libraries and Shell to donate school books and supplies. FEEL has also outfitted computer labs and provided music equipment to a number of schools. And now FEEL is ready to do even more.

In schools such as Holy Faith Convent which has implemented the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) to increase the technical and entrepreneurial skills of its students, FEEL has offered assistance in the form of sewing machines, agriculture, cricket, football and dance equipment. Now Holy Faith is positioned to expand its services to the wider community of Couva and environs so that parents of its school population can learn new skills. According to Sr. Theresa and Mrs. Villafana-Sylvester both organisations are aligned in their belief in the need to build the human resource capacity of the nation.

Tabaquite R.C. has taken full advantage of its relationship with FEEL to expand the Agriculture programme at the school. According to Mr. Woods, a teacher at the school, the excitement of the children is energizing. Now with support from FEEL, the school has added gas tillers and a water pump to its arsenal of agricultural tools to enhance and expand its capacity. “At Tabaquite R.C. we grow almost everything – tomatoes, peppers, pimentos and we even rear chickens,” says Mr. Woods.

At the distribution of school supplies for the start of the new school term we caught up with the principals of Cumuto Presbyterian, MonteVideo Government Primary and Exchange R.C. all waiting to load their trucks with supplies from the FEEL warehouse. In addition to primary and secondary schools, preschools, homework centres and other institutions supporting learning and development also receive donations of school supplies.

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    Help in Times of Disaster

    FEEL SILENT EMERGENCY PROGRAMME

    Every month donations of clothing, miscellaneous furniture and household supplies are given to individuals and families who have been affected by fire, flood or abuse. We call these incidents silent emergencies.

    Also, FEEL provides assistance to individuals affected by disaster on a local and regional basis.

    FEEL maintains a stock of disaster supplies that includes blankets and foodstuff so that we can provide immediate relief response. When you visit the FEEL warehouse you will find palettes loaded with these supplies.

    HOW IS FEEL ABLE TO QUICKLY RESPOND TO DISASTERS

    The ongoing support from major donors such as Fernandes Business Centre, Food for the Poor Inc., United Way Trinidad and Tobago and Corporate and individual donors allows FEEL to plan ahead of a disaster. Your monthly contributions to FEEL are pooled to allow FEEL to maintain a stock of items in case a disaster such as flooding hits Trinidad and Tobago or any of our Caricom neighbours.

    FEEL implements its plans for the hurricane season as early as June each year and pre-stocks its Non Profit partners with items should there be a disaster.

     

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    Feeding T&T

    In July 2020, FEEL Piloted its first soup kitchen partnership with the enterprise, Seven Day Adventist Church. The partnership began with a target of preparing 100 meals, 2 days per week, to assist persons living in that community. Today, the kitchen provides 250 meals on a Tuesday and Thursday each week. The success of this initiative has lead to similar partnerships with: Mission for Christ in Caparo; Word of Life Community in Arima; Love Until Foundation in Lavnetille; and the Point Fortin SDA Church in Hollywood, Point Fortin.

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