North Eastern Caribbean

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North Eastern Caribbean

Mothers’ Union in the North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba (NECA) region spans a number of different islands including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica, Aruba, Saint Kitts & Nevis, St Martin & St Maarten, Saba, and St Eustatius

Mothers’ Union in NECA, ever mindful of its mission of caring for families, has observed worrying changes in the level of care for the elderly and many groups have undertaken projects that help those in their latter years who are affected by this trend.

In Antigua, a Mothers’ Union feeding programme for the elderly is an ongoing project. Six Mothers’ Union groups are actively involved in this outreach one day every week, contributing, preparing and transporting the meals. The programme at All Saints has been going for over 12 years. The number of people benefiting from these programmes range from 12 in one area to as many as fifty people weekly in other areas.

In the last year the Mothers’ Union Parenting Programme has been introduced in the region to much excitement, especially poignant as 2011 was celebrated as the Year of the Family. Now active in every part of West Indies where Mothers’ Union is present, the Programme is already benefitting many families in the region and promoting stable family life.

One initiative which has been well received is the distribution of "Care Bags" to inmates in prison, patients in hospital, senior citizens homes and youth centres. The recipients are always appreciative of the toiletries they receive. On one of the islands focus was placed on making presentations on Positive Nutritional Habits to students at an elementary school; the objective was to make students more aware of the correlation between healthy eating habits and academic excellence. Throughout the NECA region Mothers' Union members continue to encourage interest in formal education. This is done through the ‘adoption’ of a specific school, donation of textbooks and other learning tools to children whose parents are experiencing financial difficulties, and the recognition of top performers in the final year at the elementary level.

Mothers' Union members: 325