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Inner City Fishing Trip held for Bahamian Kids
By Lucas Metropulos
Aug 14, 2015 - 1:46:27 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Saturday, August 8th the Lend a Hand Bahamas (LAHB) organization hosted an ocean fishing venture for 30+ children from the inner-city area of Grant's Town. For many of the kids it was their first time fishing and for almost all of them it was their first time on a boat. The kids ranged in age from 6- 20 years old and were accompanied by community leader Valentino "Scrooge" Brown and other adult volunteers from the inner-city community. The children were transported down from Grant's Town all the way to Adelaide with the help of Brenda Harris and Jeff Brown. At 11 am the two boats departed full of smiling children under the direction of our two captains: Jeff Mitchell and George Maillis.

For the past 3 summers, the Maillis Family has graciously hosted this remarkable fishing experience for the children from the inner-city. After two hours of fishing, the children having each caught at least one fish were quite content and some maybe a little sea sick. So, we headed in to shore with even bigger smiles on our faces and went to the beach for the pizza party that Marco's Pizza donates every summer for this event. After the children had eaten their fill, they played football, basketball and went swimming on the beach. The party ended around 3 pm and each child left with at least one fish to take home and a backpack full of school supplies that Lend a Hand Bahamas provided to help the children start out strong in this new academic year that is fast approaching.


Lend a Hand Bahamas was founded in October 2014 to bring together individuals of different walks of life who share the common goal of bringing positive opportunities and activities to economically disadvantaged children and their families throughout the Bahamas. Currently, Lend a Hand Bahamas has influence in the Grant's Town area of Nassau and in Sandy Point which is located in Abaco. LAHB has a long-term goal of constructing and operating a community centre if deemed necessary in the Grant's Town community. Recently, Lend a Hand Bahamas formed a board of advisors for the organization who will be able to input advice on new programs and initiatives to benefit the Bahamas.

Current and past programs/events:

  • Marine Science/Conservation Education Program (Every Summer for 1-2 weeks)
  • Individual Support Grants Program
  • Grant’s Town Block Party 2015 (March 7, 2015)
  • Field Trip for 20 children to the IAFF World Relays (May 2, 2015)
  • Sandy Point Summer Camp in Abaco, Bahamas (June 21- June 28, 2015)

Immediate and Long-Term Objectives
  • To offer constructive opportunities and activities to hundreds of children ages 4-20.
  • To collaborate with charities from around the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the world.
  • To provide children with good role models from diverse backgrounds.
  • To create and sustain a passion for entrepreneurship in the communities we serve.
  • To bring attention to the economically depressed condition of areas we serve.
  • To increase the literacy and education levels of the children.
  • To reduce the amount of crime, especially among the youth in the community.
  • To create responsible Bahamian citizens who are tolerant and respectful of all races.
  • To support children with scholarships who wish to pursue a college degree.

Relative Links:

Website: www.lendahandbahamas.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lend-a-Hand-Bahamas/365498813575907

To get involved people can email: lendahandbahamas@gmail.com

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