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The ECLAC Caribbean office is always looking for new ways to make a difference in people’s lives. Please get in touch with us if you would like to propose a way in which our office could reach out to your local community to help those most in need.

To date, we have donated hampers with foodstuffs, as well as clothes and toys, supported community events and visited primary schools to increase awareness of the work that the United Nations system is carrying out locally. Please note that we do not provide funds. Kindly see the section below for more information on past events.

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Learn about past community events


  • Breaking the Silence on Violence against Rural Women and Girls

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ECLAC Caribbean and GROOTS Trinidad and Tobago jointly organizined a seminar to sensitize rural communities to the issue of gender based violence. This event presented the different aspects of domestic violence against women and girls, as well as other forms of violence against them. An overview of the policies, programmes, gaps and good practices was shared in order to provide a better understanding of the challenges faced by rural women and girls and to identify mechanisms to overcome them. The seminar featured presentations from different stakeholders at the UN, Government, community and local levels and will be followed by an interactive debate.


  • World Environment Day 2015

On 5 June 2015, ECLAC Caribbean staff members worked side by side with communities in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to protect and preserve the local environmental heritage, in a special commemoration of the United Nations World Environment Day 2015. ECLAC staff partnered with two local non-governmental organizations, the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT) and the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), and contributed by cleaning up 1800 ft along the Fondes Amandes River in Saint Ann’s, Port of Spain.

This effort was aimed at supporting the work of the FACRP.  This Community project has had significant success over the years in the reforestation and watershed management in Saint Ann’s, by transforming the land area of the watershed from a fire climax zone to one with green, leafy vegetation, resulting in the enhanced growth of flora and fauna species and increased rainfall in the region. At the opening ceremony, ECLAC Director Diane Quarless delivered the Message of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for World Environment Day. 


  • Christmas Charity Drive 2014

In 2014, the ECLAC Caribbean staff got into the Christmas spirit and generously donated hampers and gifts to some less fortunate folks over the season. Staff launched donation drives to benefit not one, but two charities — the Project Faith Foundation, which assists families in need in rural areas of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which routinely provides support to organizations dedicated to helping some of the poorest families in the country. To this end, staff donated foodstuffs, as well as clothes and toys, to make the less fortunate happy.

A few hampers were packed containing foodstuffs, clothing and other items brought in by staff, and through the assistance of the Project Faith Foundation, the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT) and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, were delivered to those families most in need. ECLAC staff member Machel Pantin travelled to Sieva, Maracas, St Joseph, along with Shaun and Giselle of VCTT, and delivered the goodies to single mom Patricia Ashton. She told Machel she was very grateful to ECLAC for the contribution, while some of her children excitedly opened the packages once they were handed over.


  • School outreach programme 2014

As part of the early observance of United Nations Day, which in 2014 was celebrated on 24 October, ECLAC staff participated in the “United Nations For You” (UN4U) outreach programme for Trinidad and Tobago.

ECLAC staff visited the Grant Memorial Presbyterian School in the city of San Fernando, on Thursday 6 October, and met with students of the Standard Five classes. Leda Peralta, our Sustainable Development Officer, accompanied the outreach team, and delivered a child-friendly PowerPoint presentation on the effects of climate change.

The students and their teachers interacted enthusiastically during the presentation, asking and answering questions, and sharing their personal stories. At the end, each student received tokens from the team, while their teachers received special packages with United Nations information and memorabilia.


Become an outreach ambassador

Would you like to help spread the word about how ECLAC is making a difference in people’s lives every day? Would you like to raise awareness within your community, school and family on the work that the United Nations is carrying out? If the answer is “yes”, then here are five easy steps to becoming an ECLAC outreach ambassador.

  1. Join our social media drive

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  1. Share our magazines

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  1. Share Caribbean facts

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  1. Share a poster or a brochure

Give visibility to the work that ECLAC does by sharing our exciting promotional materials, including our eye-catching posters and brochures.

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