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Thursday, July 28, 2016

With two truckloads of household items, her personal belonging and her four children, Elizabeth Francis stood on a pavement in Arima one night in January 2009 looking up at the sky. “God please help me,” she prayed, looking up. “I had no clue where I would sleep that night. We were homeless.”

Monday, July 25, 2016

School van driver Enal Ramsaroop and his group, Welcome Action Group (WAG) and Friends, have become a shining ray of light and hope in the once depressed agricultural communities of Welcome Village, Cunupia and Esmeralda.

Monday, July 18, 2016

With his van loaded with watermelons, oranges, mangoes and plantains on the tray and back seat, Michael Leroy Prescott reaches the Marabella market at 4 am on Saturday mornings. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Every month engineering student Giatri Kavita Lalla takes a significant portion of her salary from her internship job and buys school stationery for less fortunate children in her neighbourhood.

Monday, July 11, 2016

When night fell Reshma Juman would take her four young children, including a one-year-old baby, to the pavilion in the recreation ground next to the Chandanagore Primary School and prepare them for bed. Bed was the top wooden step of the pavilion. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Amanda Lalchan earned the name “Roti Girl” after she began making roti for a woman in the Chaguanas Market when she was 18. “Customers would come in asking, ‘Where the small girl, where the roti girl?’” she told the T&T Guardian.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Every day, except Saturdays, single mom Suzette Crevier, slender and pretty, dons her jersey, jeans and rubber boots and heads off to work at Coop’s Car Care to wash cars.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mother of 14, Mala Joseph, rises at 4 am every day and cooks breakfast and lunch for her family and homeless people she took in, does the laundry, tidies up the kitchen and heads off to her job taking care of an elderly person.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The last straw for domestic violence victim, Maxine Gonzales, was when a man in her life pelted her with a big stone and hit her on the head. Public relations officer for popular casino, Ma Pau, Gonzales said she was talking with a woman on the street outside her home when the stone hit her.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sherna Alexander-Benjamin was around eight when she was raped for the first time by her father’s friend. He was in his 40s. 

“And when he was done he said, ‘I love you’. He told me if I told anyone my stepmother would beat me.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sasha Bernard, 23, has adopted a grandfather—a resident at the Datta Home for the Aged who she said has a “hot mouth.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Every other Sunday for the past two years, attractive 22-year-old Esther Burrowes has been leaving her Chase Village home and going on a special date with someone in Maturita, Arima.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ronald Chan is a 27-year-old electrical engineer with a love for planting and says he was divinely inspired to create a unique way to grow crops on a commercial scale without working long, hard hours under the scorching sun. He has 1,200 tomato plants growing under a plastic cover without soil...

Monday, May 30, 2016

At 27, Shananda Gopaul is already a successful businesswoman with her own store, Magnifique Gift Shop, in Princes Town. No one can tell looking at her but Gopaul is stricken with a debilitating disease described as incurable. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Frank Ali started working at age ten in the San Juan market, selling celery from a little cardboard box at two for $1 to help pay for his schooling. 

“My mother was selling in the market, too. She would put the celery in the box and I would walk all over the market selling.”