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The other side of paradise

In the heart of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, operates the wonderful organisation that is Salvation Army. It was a blessing to spend the day with them, help out and observe the incredible work they do.

I spent the morning with these beauties. They are not shy! Within minutes, I had one on my lap and  became Aunty Anja.

A prayer before lunch.

This is what nap time looks like. A padded table and after a few whispers and giggles, eventually the children drift off.

Captain Derrick and his lovely wife Sandra with a token I hand delivered, courtesy of John & Naomi Clifton of Salvation Army Ilford. Derrick and Sandra work extremely hard, this is not a 9-5 job.

While the children were resting, I headed to Sandals Regency La Toc with Derrick. Sandals are graciously donating leftover food from their lunch buffet which then gets boxed up for the indigent.

One of Captain Derrick’s dreams is to have a facility where people can sit down for a meal and a chat. But in the meantime, each day at 3:30pm the food gets handed out in the town center. As soon as the Salvation Army van is spotted, people make their way and a long, not necessarily orderly queue forms.

Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to my gofundme campaign, together we raised 400 USD which will go a long way. The money will be invested into the school as well as the feeding program.

With a grateful heart,

Anja

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