With fewer people returning to Barbados who need help to reintegrate into the local society, a group that was established to assist those persons is now focusing on other charities.
The Northern Group for Returning Nationals (NGRN), a registered charity, has been raising funds over the years to support a number of organizations across the island.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the NGRN Alicia Barker-Grant explained why members decided to change focus.
“We started at a time when [there was] this influx of people returning who [found it] very difficult to get into the Barbadian society,” recalled Barker-Grant.
“This society was set up to help them settle into the Barbadian culture and at that time, there was a need for support. Not a lot of people seem to be returning now who need assistance,” she said.
The 20-year-old charity recently held its annual Easter Dance where it raised funds for its two main targets – the St Lucy District Hospital and the Marina Brewster Centre at Farrs in St Peter.
Those presentations were made recently. Besides its annual dance concert, the NGRN holds at least two cake sales per year, giving patrons a chance to win various prizes.
With an active membership of about 60 people, NGRN, which was one of several organizations set up to cater to returning nationals, is believed to be the only one that is still functioning. (PR)