The Emancipation Support Committee (ESC) has launched a school supply drive to assist Caribbean students affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. In a release, the ESC said that is the beginning of the term for most children in the Caribbean and parents in those islands affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria would have made the sacrifice to purchase school books and supplies in preparation for the new school term.
“They would have put the dreams for the future of their children in their school bags. As a result of the effects of the hurricane, children would now be without books and bags.” The ESC through its Special School Supplies Hurricane Appeal it will seek to help to bring some hope to those families.
The school supplies campaign will collect and send school supplies to all school age children in need as a result of the hurricanes. ESC estimated that throughout the region there could be between 20,000 to 30,000 children who may be in need. ESC said that it will start with those most in need and is calling on families in Trinidad and Tobago to provide school supplies even for just one child who has been affected.
ESC said that Initially it would like to meet the needs of at least the children in Barbuda (approximately 200-300) whose homes were completely devastated; those in the BVI, particularly from Tortola that have also suffered devastation, approximately 6,000 to 7,000.
For the drive, three collection points have been established.
For Port of Spain and environs: school supplies, including copy books, note books for primary and secondary school children, pens, pencils, school bags, tools for mathematics and science subjects and art and music supplies can be left at the Emancipation House, 5B Bergerac Road, Maraval; the South at Southern African Book Store, St George Building #6 Johnstone Street, San Fernando next to Harry the Barber; and for those along the East West Corridor, at the Moyo School of Excellence #10 2nd Street West, Montague Avenue, Trinicity.
ESC said that donations must meet the shipment of goods headed off to the hurricane victims in the Eastern Caribbean this weekend and all donations should be made by tomorrow at 4.30 pm. For further information contact the ESC at 628-5008, via their Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.