Sea Lots kids visit the zoo
By CAROL MATROO Sunday, October 20 2013
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Pearl James, founder of the Time, Love and Care Foundation, third from left, back, stands with some of the children from Sea Lots during their visit t...
Pearl James and the non-profit organisation Time, Love and Care (TLC), yesterday, treated about 80 children from Sea Lots to a visit to the Emperor Valley Zoo. For many of them, it was their first time visiting the zoo and seeing the exotic animals housed there.
James, whose son Ryan Rampersad was one of six people who were knocked down by an off- duty police officer on February 24, earlier this year, said she felt it was time to give back to the community.
“We started this organisation before Ryan’s accident, but that is what gave us the push to go further. And Ryan is coming along, improving day by day by God’s grace and love surrounding him every day. Before we used to visit homes and distribute food stuff and other items, and teach the Word of God.
“We had been doing it outside of the community, but then we realised that our community needs it too. Sea Lots and the children of the area are deprived of many things, so we are now going to be working with the children, teaching them morals and values, and most importantly, teaching them that God loves them and that they each have a purpose in life,” James said. “Sea Lots is a boxed in community and at the end of the day the children are locked off from the rest of society. Yes, there are bad seeds, but there are bad seeds all over. Our children are the ones who have to mingle with society and we have to get rid of the stigma that the Sea Lots name carries,” she said.
James said the children were very excited for the outing and the opportunity to see the different animals, and just having a day of fun.
“This is something that they do not get and we want to continue with this trend and take them to different places, educate them, give them new experiences.
“I want to take them to the Pitch Lake, San Fernando Hill, the Bird Sanctuary, teach them their country. I want to show them all that is out there, and teach them God’s word,” she said.
James said they were also starting a big brother/big sister programme where children could be “adopted” and mentored by others.
“We are asking people that if they could, please adopt a family or a child to help make their lives better and easier...teach a child all the things that he or she needs to know. We want people to come on board with us because we do not want to lose a generation of young people,” she said.
James said so far the organisation has started building a home for a single mother with four children, and has built bathroom facilities for another family who never had those amenities. James said she depended on the kindness and generosity of members of the public to help fund the organisation and projects.
“Yes, I go out and ask the public for help, and I always say if they want to help financially that is fine, but if you can purchase the stuff and bring it that is also good because it is not about money. We need foodstuff, building materials, furniture, even labour...any assistance we can get would be most appreciated,” James said.
James thanked Waste Disposal Limited for sponsoring the entrance fee for the children and transportation; Interior Harmony for paying the parents’ fee and; David Narine for sponsoring snacks and drinks...all of which made the children’s visit to the zoo a memorable one.