Back row from left - Mukesh Ramdhani, Lutchman Balgobin,Sheldon Singh and Arnold Siriram. Front row from left - Anil Bhawatsaran, leader of the Red Chariot Foundation Devika Gajadhar, and Bhaskaranand Ramdeo. (Image: VINDRA GOPAUL)

Several vulnerable families in the Mt Pleasant Community in Tobago received much needed relief hampers on Saturday July 10th from Trinidad charity, Red Chariot Foundation (RCF).

Guardian Media was on hand when the donations were made at the community centre at Carnbee, Tobago, the third such donation the RCF has made on the sister isle.

Head of the RCF, Devika “Sister Devi” Gadjahar, observed that many Tobago families were in desperate need of assistance.  She revealed that they had been contacted by several people in Tobago, asking for their help.

“Tobagonians are our brethren, just like any community in Trinidad.  We are one nation, and it doesn’t matter where our people reside,” she told Guardian Media. 

“Once there is a need, Red Charity Foundation will respond.  We have been serving families in the rural villages for over 10 years in T&T.  This is our third charitable event in Tobago which is the largest event so far,” she said.

She added:  “Families from all over Tobago were identified by two criteria: those with children and those that were unemployed.  We want to thank all those that contributed to this noble initiative, and for anyone who would like to donate to our cause, they can send a message to Red Chariot Foundation Facebook page.”

Sister Devi said donations came from several farmers and families who saw the need to assist others in these hard times.   

RCF executive member Anil Bhagwatsaran said the RCF has been around for the last 10 years and is a registered NGO. He said the RCF has built up a good reputation over the years and ensured that the charitable work on both islands would continue.

The event was facilitated in Tobago through the assistance of Gosnel Nelson and Henry Smith, both Tobagonians, who helped RCF with identifying families in need of assistance. 

Sister Devi said on Monday, the RCF would journey to Bethel and Moriah to hand-deliver relief hampers to families who could not have made it to the event on Saturday.