Venezuelan students helping the homeless
THE BARBADOS VAGRANTS AND HOMELESS SOCIETY (BVHS) is getting an extra hand in offering assistance to the many needy individuals in Barbados.
The organisation has just completed the first round of a partnership with Venezuelan exchange students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) who have been doing community work with the society.
Nikita Piggott of the BVHS said the group of 35 Venezuelan students who are in Barbados for three months studying English as a second language at UWI are required to complete 100 hours of community service. Twelve of them were attached to the BVHS while the others worked with other charities.
Piggott said it was the first time the group partnered with their organisation and a second group is expected to start shortly.
She explained that the activities were designed to make the students more comfortable with the English language by getting out and interacting with people.
The group hosted a picnic with the BVHS clients, undertook a walk through Bridgetown distributing packages and also completed a feeding exercise in Heroes Square, The City, last Wednesday night. (LK)