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Story and photos by Sean Nero
FROM MUSIC EDUCATION to drug rehabilitation serv-
ices, vocational training and centres that provide a re-
treat for those in need, the charity known as Women
in Action for the Needy and the Destitute (WAND)
continues to deliver in its effort to repair much of soci-
This was evident at the organisation’s annual fund-
raising luncheon, held on November 6, at the Hyatt Re-
gency Trinidad, where scores of professionals turned
out in large numbers as a demonstration of their sup-
port of the outfit.
In delivering her address on the objectives and achieve-
ments of the organisation, Jan Ryan, president of
WAND, said, “While our focus was again on youth, we
thought we should do something for senior citizens,
and located the Marion Home for the elderly in St
James. We purchased and installed a large generator
that was urgently needed to provide life support, espe-
cially for the sick and terminally ill residents of the
Home. That was project one for 2015. In May of this
year, we refurbished the Morris Marshall Development
Centre in St Barbs, Laventille, catering to the St Barbs
Community and the surrounding areas, so that the chil-
dren of the area could have a safe environment in
which to do their homework. The homework centre is
functioning well under the chairmanship of Father
Clyde Harvey. That was project two for 2015.”
She continued, “We noted that many Community Cen-
tres were not functioning for lack of finance, especially
those in the ‘hot spot’ areas. We then took a decision
to assist The Misir Community Centre on the Lady
Young Road in Morvant with a gift of eight computers,
which they requested. We await the completion of ren-
ovations by the Ministry of Community Development
before the computers can be installed. Funding for
these computers was obtained through the Canadian
High Commission. That was project three for 2015.”
In central Trinidad, the Sri Jayalakshmi Home was re-
ported to almost be in breach of the Children’s Author-
ity regulations. The standards of the facility dropped
consistently as officials struggled to maintain its
proper upkeep. On learning of this, WAND stepped in
and upgraded the home to the benefit of the 24 chil-
dren resident. The donation of paint from Sissons
helped to further beautify the property.
Then, it was onto the Credo Foundation for Justice,
which was founded in 1993 by the Holy Faith Sisters to
create awareness of social injustices and to address
them. Sister Roberta O’Flaherty was the principal of
the organisation, which had responsibility for five
homes catering not only to street children in abusive
and traumatic situations, but also to young girls at risk.
Credo also provided programmes which taught the
youth and young adults there were credible alterna-
tives to violence.
Ryan said, “The great need that was discussed at our
joint meetings was the need for transport for children
to and from the homes, to the court, to school, other
learning institutions and medical appointments. With
God’s blessings and help, we have been able to raise
funds to deal with this matter. WAND’s motto remains
the same as it was in 1998 when we were born, and
that is to assist those who are really needy regardless
of ethnicity, and to use 100% of funds raised for proj-
ects. In assisting The Credo Foundation for Justice,
WAND was able to complete the fifth goal that we set
ourselves for 2015.”
Sonia Thompson, left, and Anna Chin-Lee.
Arlene Hodge-Dipchan and son Asa Hodge.
Arlene Modell, left, Lorca Gatcliffe-Farah, Soraya Khan and Kavita Ramdeen.
Natasha Forte-Ramoutar, left, Nazreen Mohammed, Lisa Ghany and Nalini Persaud.
Lisa Wills Brodhin, left, and former Attorney
General Glenda Morean-Phillip.
Lakshmi Boodan, left, Cletha Romany and Marilyn Mohan.
Diana Joan Abraham, left, Sylvia Carlin and Brenda Jones.
Selwyn Ryan and wife Jan Ryan, president, WAND.
Beauties out to support WAND.
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