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the beginning

Kids In Need of Direction (KIND) was founded in 1996 by Karina Jardine-Scott. The organisation was formed with a vision to be sustainable and effectively enable the holistic development of children.

KIND was officially registered as a non-profit organisation on April 24th, 1998, and was granted charitable status by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago on 21st August, 2001.


the plan

Initially, KIND was primarily concerned with helping to meet the material needs of children and families in the East Port of Spain/ Laventille area. However, with time, we have moved towards expanding the types of intervention that we offer, to help people in a much wider geographical range. This has had a much greater impact on the lives of those in need throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Today, we provide assistance to communities as far and Blanchisseuse and La Brea.


There is still much more to be done, and many more people who need our assistance.

It is our aim to continue building our capacity, and thus to continue expanding the work that we do.


the headquarters

The KIND Headquarters, located on the Eastern Main Road in Laventille, was procured thanks to the generous support of the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust in 2001. Our building was renovated and extended in 2010 thanks to another generous donation from Republic Bank Ltd.


In the 16 years since we have been at this location, hundreds of children have come to attend literacy sessions and martial arts classes, to partake in workshops and various events, and to be connected with critical resources needed to improve their lives. While it is always our aim to expand our geographical reach, we are proud of our home in Laventille, and of the connections we have made with all who have visited, and continue to visit us, in whatever capacity they might have done so!   


the engagement

KIND also has a rich history of public engagement. Over the years, we have been involved with many large events and initiatives, such as:

  • Kids Fest

  • The Maritime Financial Children's Charity Events

  • Ministry of National Security's Citizen Security Program

  • among others.


KIND has also been featured in the media on a numerous occasions. 

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