TIBS Counselling and Community Outreach (2001-2009): I began peer counselling efforts with The Informative Breastfeeding Service in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001. TIBS is affiliated with The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and works in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). I was involved in all aspects of counselling, fund raising and community outreach and a regular member of the 24-hour Counselling Hotline Service.
Servol Parenting Lectures for the Adolescent Development Programme (2002-2009): Servol is dedicated to the personal and social development and empowerment of disadvantaged teens. My work was part of Servol’s parenting programme, which is committed to breaking a cycle of poverty, hopelessness and crime. My hour-long “lectures” involved much participation and give-and-take from my students.
Although my topic was primarily Breastfeeding and Early Child Care, the students’ lives were touched by physical and emotional abuse, AIDS, drug and alcohol addiction, gang warfare, rape and violent crime. These topics had to be covered immediately as they came up. I received a Certificate of Recognition for Services to the People of Trinidad and Tobago on leaving TIBS and Servol in 2009, and remain in contact with my colleagues there.