Caritas AIDS Ministry (St Augustine, )


  • Name:Petula Lee
  • Title:Ms.

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Caritas AIDS Ministry
  • Address:
    St Augustine
    Trinidad and Tobago

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:18686378689
  • Main fax:18686469385

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:PO Box 3231
    Diego Martin Post Office
    Diego Martin
    Trinidad and Tobago

User Phone

  • Direct phone:18686462734
  • Mobile phone:1868789 0698
  • Home phone:18686462734
  • Other fax:18686378689

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • Vision
    To provide a model of compassionate care and support services for the Persons with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families so as to open a door of hope, uplift the dignity of infected persons; educate and motive others to provide a helpful social environment for the affected population.

    Mission Statement
    CARITAS AIDS Ministry believes in the dignity of the individual (sick or well client or worker) and is committed to providing on compromised non judgmental and personalized service to the person living with HIV/AIDS and his or her family.

    Core Values
    Services provided are underpinned by the following core values which are characteristics of CAM’s environment of care:

     Confidentiality
     Respect for the individual
     Independence, self development and empowerment
     Skillful care which strive for excellence
     Informed decision making for clients/family
     Sense of belonging and committee
     Partnership, networking, collaboration and team spirit.

    1. To provide affected communities with trained caregiver, professional and laypersons who are willing to provide comfort, compassion, support and “hands on” care to PLWHA and their families.
    2. To establish a facility to provide “drop in” service and respite care for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in a supportive environment.
    3. To assist young people in the neighbour and others to understand the implications of early sexual activity and its effect on personal development and the attainment of planed life goals, thereby reducing the impact of HIV infection on this population

  • History:
  • CARITAS AIDS MINISTRY (CARITAS) has been in existence since 1989 in the care and support of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
    CARITAS involvement in AIDS began with a small volunteer group of twelve (12) persons who underwent a seven (7) week basic educational programme, one (1) day per week, on the AIDS pandemic.
    At the end of this introductory training session, the volunteers were able to provide basic information, and counsel families and those infected with the HIV. (Refer details of Training below).

    CARITAS has since trained forty five (45) Home Care Assistants (HCAs) in four (4) batches between ’93 and ’02 in partnership with National AIDS Programme (NAP), United Nations Agency for International Development (UNAIDS), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and others.

    Training Programme
    The major project of Caritas is its Home-Care Assistant Programme that provided expanded and formalized training for those members of the public wishing to offer their services in caring for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in their homes.

    To date one hundred and six (106) persons were trained in various Programmes for Home-Care Assistants and other HIV related training..

    Training programmes were held on the following dates:

    January- 1993 – Three (3) months, (Partnered by WHO, Global Programme on AIDS)
    August – 1996 – Two (2 ) months, (CARITAS sponsored)
    January – 2001 – Three (3) months, (Partnered by UNAIDS)
    June - 2002 – Two (2) weeks, Anti-Retroviral Treatment (Partnered by PAHO and Medical Research Foundation).
    June – 2004 – Five (5) days, Peer Counsellors, in collaboration with CARe
    July – 2004 – Ten (10) days targeting the Diego Martin Community
    August – 2004 – Five (5) days, Peer Counsellors
    October – 2004 – Five (5) days Voluntary Counselling and Testing Providers
    May 2008 – Three (3) days Understanding the Psychosocial issues of PLEHA for caregivers – United States Embassy Trinidad and Tobago

    The programmes were held Monday to Friday from 8.30a.m to 3.30 p.m. daily and had the support of the National AIDS Programme.

    In addition, Caritas conducted for a period of nine (9) weeks a “Focus on Youth” (a programme for HIV/AIDS Risk –Reduction for pre adolescent and adolescent youth) for thirty five (35) youths from a Secondary School in the Diego Martin area, and also a series of HIV/AIDS awareness sessions at the St. Michael’s School for Boys for the staff and its residence.

    Caritas also conducted a one (1) week training session for an NGO (Support Group) in Adherence to Anti-Retroviral for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

    Involvement with other Organisations

    Caritas as an NGO headed the now defunct NGO Sub-committee of the National AIDS Programme of Trinidad and Tobago, a position it held since 1991 bringing together ten (10) NGOs in a working relationship grown out of the issue of providing care of persons living with HIV/AIDS and prevention interventions.
    Caritas is a member of the Trinidad & Tobago HIV/AIDS Alliance (TTHAA).
    Caritas was part of the Trinidad & Tobago Community Advisory Board (TTCAB), for the overseeing of the Vaccine Trials which was conducted in Trinidad & Tobago by the Medical Research Foundation (MRF).

    Company Registration
    On October 2000, Caritas was registered as a Non-Profit, Non-Governmental Organisation under the Company Act 1995, Section 71 and 79, registration no. C3529 (95).

    The Patron of the Organisation is the First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Jean Ramjohn-Richards.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:10

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Malcolm Joseph - Chairman/Founder - Former
    Petula Lee - Treasurer
    Claire Sandy Robinson - Secretary
    Evelyn Marilyn Jameson - Member
    Father John Perriera - Member - Abbot Mount St. Benedic
    Germain Morris - Member
    Beulah Duke - Assistant Chairperson

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Malcolm Joseph - Chairman/Founder

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Malcolm Joseph - Chairman/Founder
    Petula Lee - Treasurer
    Claire Sandy Robinson - Secretary


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Other
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