"When poverty, violence and disease are discussed, no one thinks about the Caribbean. It's just a place to vacation and sit in the sun. People don't know that St. Lucia has one of the highest rates of diabetes per capita in the world. They look at the bare feet of the children playing soccer in the street and don't realize it's because they have no shoes. It's my mission to expand awareness and aid for these issues which equally affect the Caribbean, especially for the children and youth." -Taj Weekes
With the support of JetBLue, Overseas Sons & Daughters of St. Lucia (OSADS) and the Dominica Relief Dallas, TOCO Foundation has made good on its promise to continue its mobilization to support the Dominica relief effort.
Taj Weekes and his team set out to spay and neuter 400 dogs and cats. Now as small as that number might sound because after all, there are strays around every corner of the island in their thousands, that’s 400 less animals adding to the population of fast breeding animals...believe it or not, this can actually make a bit of a dent in the huge number of unwanted puppies and kittens that will no doubt end up on the streets either as strays or as “road kill”.
Taj Weekes – musician, poet, humanitarian, dog-owner and animal-lover – is now tackling an issue that has been troubling him since he was a child growing up in Saint Lucia. Taj is organising spay and neuter clinics for animals on 16th, 17th and 18th October in the north of the island and in Soufriere.
Consistent with its mandate to improve the lives of under-privileged, at-risk and orphaned Caribbean youth through sports, health and enrichment programmes, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) Foundation continues to leverage its considerable network of partners across North America and Europe to improve the life chances of the region’s youth.
Project Education, the New York-based organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged Saint Lucian families obtain school supplies, announced its annual Saint Lucian Breakfast for Education to be held Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at the Saint Lucia House, located at 438 E 49th Street, between Church and Snyder Avenues in Brooklyn.
TOCO has launched its latest enrichment program - TOCO Permaculture, an all-encompassing program that uses the benefits of permaculture to address the nutritional needs of children across the Caribbean. TOCO Permaculture will focus on 3 specific initiatives – TOCO Permaculture School Garden, TOCO Permaculture Community Garden and TOCO Children’s Public Park.
This summer, Taj Weekes participated in his first mission as UNICEF Champion for Children in St. Lucia. Accompanied by UNICEF representatives Khin-Sandi Lwin and Patrick Knight, Weekes attended various media events and site visits.