is a government facility, which provides a home and basic care for a number of
children with severe mental and physical disabilities. Many have been abandoned
by their families. It is currently housed in the paediatric ward at the old Holberton hospital. Most of the residents have never known a life outside the care project and sadly most are likely to live the rest of their lives in such care. Although the Care Project is primarily a home for children the ages of the residents range from 8-48.
The Care Project was originally an unofficial name for a group of children who lived in the
functioning paediatric ward at the Holberton Hospital. When the hospital closed and moved to the new Mount St John site, these children were left under the care of The Citizens Welfare Division and then in 2009 The Fiennes Institute.
In April 2013 the residents from the Amazing Grace Charity were also transferred to The Care Project.
The residents suffer from a range of illnesses and conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Hydrocephalus, blindness, seizures and many neurological diseases.
is an independent Non-Profit Organistation that was founded in order to help improve the facilities at The Care Project and provide specialist therapy for its residents. Our Patrons are His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor of Antigua and Barbuda, his wife Her Excellency Lady Williams, and Antigua’s Ambassador to The Netherlands His Excellency Albert Hartog.
Friends of the Care Project’s sole aim is to help to provide a loving and caring nurturing environment for the residents at the Care Project.
Through fundraising efforts and raising awareness of this group of individuals we have been able to enhance their daily lives. Friends of the Care Project have funded specialist sensory teaching and physiotherapy sessions. These are on an individual and group basis. These services, taken for granted in most countries have had a tremendous impact on the children's lives with some children beginning to speak and communicate for the first time in their lives!
Friends of the Care Project also arrange day trips for the residents. Until very recently these children had never been to the beach, swam in the sea or even been to a supermarket!
Annette Carey, started Friends of the Care Project in late 2012 at the request of Dame Louise Lake-Tack the then Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. In October 2016 Annette received an MBE from Buckingham Palace in recognition of her charitable work.
FOTCP now has a strong team including members from Antigua , the UK and Canada.
Annette spends her time between Antigua and the UK and continues to fund raise in both countries.
Vice President :
...Our current fundraising aim is to construct new premises for these children and move them from a hospital setting into a more "home-like" environment.
In April 2014, Friends of the Care Project approached Jumby Bay to raise awareness of this incredible group of children. As a result the funds raised from the annual Jumby Bay Shark Bait Swim are going to help fund a new building for the Children.
We have a long way to go before this dream becomes reality and continue to raise much needed funds for this to happen.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.