Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 19th 2015 Contents A32
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 19, 2015
The food kept coming and there was much finger
licking as some of the country s top chefs including
Jason Peru, Lester Patron and Ridge Juman recently
showed off their culinary skills in support of the
Angels Children s Home in Chaguanas.
The charity event which took place at the Fanatic
Kitchen Studio at Dere Street in Port-of-Spain began
at 11 am and culminated in the late afternoon.
Through the laughter and smiles, the happiest person
present was founder and director of Angels Home,
Angela Campbell. Campbell, a former model paused
from indulging in some mushroom crostini and eggplant
mousaka prepared by Chef Patron to speak with the
T&T Guardian on the developments of the home.
According to Campbell, the home has been in exis-
tence for the past eight years and houses displaced
children aged from four to ten. She described the envi-
ronment at Angels Home for Children as holistic in its
approach to education.
It was important to note, she told the T&T Guardian,
was the fact that the children at the home have never
been to public schools.
"We offer from remedial teaching for those who
might be experiencing some challenges in certain aca-
demic areas, to self-building programmes, arts and
more. And this is taught from the pre-school level to
the primary school level," explained Campbell.
She said the home which follows the Ministry of
Education s school curriculum was also in the process
of designing a programme that will extend its education
service to secondary school level.
Campbell said the registered home works closely
with other like-minded organisations and receives sup-
port from the corporate partners. Among these com-
panies are; Amco, Kiss Baking Company, NLCB, Home
Mortage Bank, Optometrists Today, Enron Oil and Gas
and Bankers Insurance. She also thanked one of the
home s past sponsors, BP, for all the help it once rendered
to the home.
Campbell said she would consider seeking Govern-
ment help, but she was also quick to point out that the
Government ought not to be blamed or held responsible
for the number of displaced children in society. She
believes there are many social programmes in place to
assist families and the real problem was bad parent-
"The reality is, not everyone can be a parent and not
everyone should be a parent, because they just do not
possess the will to be.
"Some people have children and then they do not
want their kids for whatever reason. Then there are the
instances where parents are absent because they are
either deceased, or they come like absentee owners of
their children. They live abroad and they think sending
barrels of food or clothes can make up for that disconnect
between parent and child, and it absolutely doesn t,"
She stressed that it was always better for children
to bond with their parents and experience that love
"At homes or centres like ours, you can give a child
all the love in the world but they know that we are not
their parents, and there is always this void they keep
trying to fill. And because they do not know how to
fill it, they sometimes find themselves in compromising
circumstances which can actually begin a cycle. That
is the reality when you are dealing with displaced chil-
dren. Foremost in their minds is the notion that they
were not lovable enough for their parents to stick around
or the lie that nobody loves them."
Campbell said the children at the home also engage
in activities that will naturally elevate their minds and
"minimise their insecurities."
Campbell and her team might be doing all in their
power to create a beautiful and uplifting environment
for the children, but with the increasing demands a
new location is needed. The current home has structural
issues and this is forcing them to vacate the premises
in early 2016. She said they were also in need of official
transportation for the children and finances to extend
the home s services.
Top chefs host charity event
"My ultimate plan is to leave them with gifts that
will keep on giving. So that when I m gone they will
have something to depend on....something they can
call their own."
Campbell hopes all the homes, centers and community
residences in the country will come together and form
a united front. She also wants the authorities working
with and for children to keep their promises and truly
work to better the lives of the young ones who depend
on them to have a fighting chance in this world.
To find out more about Angels Home for Children or
to lend your support, call 708-3810 or 389-6447.
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