Soroptimist International of San Fernando brings pandemic relief to Migrants

Image courtesy Soroptimist International San Fernando

One local NGO is working to ensure that Venezuelan migrants are not left behind as Trinidad and Tobago goes through the current COVID-19 crisis.

Soroptimist International (SI) of San Fernando, with the support of the corporate sector, has teamed up with the La Romaine Migrant Support Group (LARMS) to ensure the basic food needs of migrants are met.

According to SI’s San Fernando Club, many of the Venezuelan migrants in this country have lost their jobs and cannot access government food programmes. To address this situation, the Club has found a way to provide temporary relief to the migrants and to continue giving service, while observing proper social distancing protocols.

The San Fernando Club reached out to Ms Angie Ramnarine of the La Romaine Migrant Support group (LARMS) to determine the number of families needing help.

Using pre-packaged ‘Bargain Bags’ of Massy Stores, facilitated and sponsored in part by the Company, the Club purchased sixty bags of foodstuff, which were delivered to the Venezuelan migrants through LARMS. The gesture was greatly appreciated by the migrants to whose homes each parcel was individually delivered.

SI San Fernando says physical separation does not mean social separation, and it is important that we be each other’s keepers, even “as we rightly protect ourselves and others by observing suggested protocols”.