The Annual Back-To-School Programme started back in 1996 by the Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust kept with its giving ways today as it made a presentation to one of the 170 plus families it supports. Today’s presentation was to Patricia Forde of Roberts Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, and her three children attending Parkinson Memorial, Grantley Adams and St George Secondary schools respectively.
Some years ago, the family lost everything to fire and has not fully recovered since then.
Dwayne Grazette, chairman of the Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust, said: “It is with the assistance and support of corporate Barbados and entities such as The Sandy Lane Charitable Trust, whose commitment is evident by their being represented here today, that allows us to help families in need get back on their feet.”
Jacquline Cuke, project manager of Sandy Lane Charitable Trust said: “We were approached by Patricia for assistance but we have been working with Dwayne and Eden Lodge for years; so we contacted him and he assessed the situation the same weekend and here we are today.”
Today’s donations included much needed supplies such as books, stationery, school uniforms, shoes and bags.
Grazette added: “It is long-standing, positive initiatives such as this that should be highlighted amongst all of the negatives consuming our society today. We are pleading with corporate Barbados to assist organizations such as ours that provide social care to Barbadians.”
The Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust also offers lessons to young students, weekly lunch grants, payment of light bills and water bills, and during the Christmas season provides families with gifts and foodstuff such as hams, drinks, chicken and food vouchers to ensure they also enjoy the holidays.