Activities & Services

The Barbados Affiliate, led by President Kimberlee Barker, works through its many partners to provide services to survivors in the region:

  • St. Michael Lions Club members donate regularly Hopefull Handbags, and other donations are solicited on social media and picked up by a Caribbean Affiliate representative as needed.
  • PUREOnline introduced the “Period in Motion” program in early 2021. They reached nearly 100 children (including 18 boys) with information and presentations about women’s health. Participating schools received feminine hygiene products for their young ladies so that they wouldn’t miss out on opportunities because of an inadequate supply of sanitary products. They also help teens with Healthy Self Perception Makeovers.
  • Monthly Mums In Business International Networking Meetings offer talks on a variety of entrepreneurial topics such as networking effectively, maintaining a healthy self perception for your business, and how to wow your ideal client. All proceeds from these classes benefit Hopefull Handbags Caribbean Affiliate. Visit the Hopefull Handbags Workshops & Classes page to see the topic for the next monthly program.

Domestic Abuse Data from The Caribbean

In the Caribbean, 36% of the population are survivors of domestic violence and domestic violence is one of the most under-reported crimes in this region. In 2017, the UN Women stated that “violence and abuse against women in this region continues to be a significant social problem.”

​Our local advocates in this area work hard, not only to provide the necessities for survivors but to also raise awareness and combat the social stigma regarding domestic violence throughout Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and the other Islands in the Caribbean.

Help Survivors in the Caribbean
Overcome Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is an ongoing issue in the Caribbean nations of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. It is especially acute for survivors of domestic abuse and violence.

In keeping with Hopefull Handbags, Nonprofit goal to help survivors get back on their feet, the Hopefull Handbags Caribbean affiliate is working on projects to combat food insecurity. These initiatives include:

  • Partnering with supermarkets in Trinidad and Tobago to distribute excess food to survivors and others in need.
  • Establishing aquaponic and conventional farms in Barbados that will allow survivors to grow food and provide for themselves and their families long term.
caribbean food in a wheel barrel

YOU can help us with our efforts in the Caribbean!

Any amount will help! Below are suggested donation amounts

  • $50 will provide a month of food relief in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • $100 – A garden’s worth of seeds.
  • $250- Food delivery for 3 months.
  • $500 – Farming equipment for a family.
  • $1,000 – Annual supplies for aquaponics (fish food, fish, etc.).
  • $2,500 – One aquaponics farm in Barbados.
caribbean working in garden
3 men looking at aquaponics system
Aquaponics system under greenhouse
Barbados flag

Barbados

From Kimberlee Barker, President and Lead Coordinator of Hopefull Handbags Caribbean – Barbados:

The burning desire to raise awareness of domestic violence, what it is and that it’s not ok here in the Caribbean started right here in Barbados. Statistics are staggering to almost non-existent when it comes to Domestic Violence here in this region of the World! Despite this, the Caribbean is more than ready to spread the word that Domestic Violence is NOT Ok and that there is Hope, Help and Support out there.

If you are in the Caribbean and would like to get involved feel free to contact us here.