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Visiting the St. Benedict orphanage on the island of St. Vincent

Even in the middle of paradise you can find poverty. That was somethings we witnessed while traveling through St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

On one day we visited St. Benedict’s Day Nursery and Orphanage. Our visit was purposeful as we had brought a few supplies to share. It was also one of the highlights of our trip and we saw that even in the midst of poverty we saw hope, joy and promise. The Sisters and the children displayed kindness and humanity in its purest form and the smiles and laughs we shared filled us with incredible joy.

St. Benedict’s relies mostly on community support and donations. Please enjoy this video and feel inspired to support the work of the lovely Sisters as they share God’s love.


Tonya Fitzpatrick

Tonya Fitzpatrick is a co-founder of World Footprints.  A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session).  An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector.  She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds memberships in the National Speakers Association,  Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member.  Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.

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