"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
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.
On Friday September 09, a shipment of 1500 pairs of shoes was dispatched to the Commonwealth of Dominica from New York City, with the promise of more to come later this month. This came as an outcome of the joint mobilization effort of TOCO Foundation, foundered by Saint Lucian born, US-based recording artist, philanthropist and UNICEF Youth Ambassador Taj Weekes, and Zandoli International Foundation
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.
Taj Weekes and Friends give back to St. Lucia's youth at TOCO Holiday Party
The three sister islands of Saint Lucia, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines (located in the Eastern Caribbean) have just emerged from the most harrowing and tragic Christmas ever – one that they could not possibly have anticipated.