Who we are
Who we are
Friends of Saint Lucia International is a UK registered Charity, Number 281188. The idea of Friends of Saint Lucia was conceived from a desire to establish an International Voluntary Organisation with a new vision of service to Saint Lucia.
This vision was to create an organisation which acts as a conduit where Saint Lucians and friends of Saint Lucian can serve the Island, guided by their passion, through a network of Friends of Saint Lucia Clubs and Branches under the jurisdiction of Friends of Saint Lucia International.
The causes we champion are reflected in our Voluntary Service Framework, consisting of 17 Themes, which are closely aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Below are some of Who We Are.
Our Vision is to be the
“Largest International Voluntary Service Organisation Serving Saint Lucia.”
To encourage and facilitate the formation of a Worldwide network of Clubs and Branches of Friends of Saint Lucia International with people from all walks of life with a shared passion of service to Saint Lucia.
The motto of Friends of Saint Lucia International is:
“Friends Serving Friends”
Our service Philosophy
Our Philosophy if service is encapsulated in three words:
Pay It Forward.
Our strategic vision is one where Friends of Saint Lucia develops into a positive influential service organisation for the Island, which takes root within the wider Caribbean, thus becoming the ancestor to a Pan Caribbean
Friends of the Caribbean International.
Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that guide or motivate our attitudes or actions. They help determine what is important and as a result, the actions we take. Here’s ours.
Our History so far
The idea of Friends of Saint Lucia International was conceived in 2016, however, as a UK Registered Charity it dates back to 1980. The original Charity was a single-purpose project established in the name of The National Committee for St Lucia Hurricane Relief. The Charity’s main scope was mainly organising responses to natural disasters as occurred on the island.
During its early life, the Charity made a number of contributions to Saint Lucia including a Mobile Blood Bank in 2017, spearheaded by the then Chairman Mr.Bertram O. Leon, OBE. From 2016, Friends of Saint Lucia was without a home and was looking to be established as a separate entity but opted to explore the idea of joining forces with an established Charity serving Saint Lucia.
After a few meetings, it was agreed that in the spirit of Nationhood, the people of Saint Lucia would be better served with a Charity that is International in scope, which appeals to Saint Lucians and friends of Saint Lucia.
On August 1st, 2018, Saint Lucia’s Emancipation Day, The National Committee for St Lucia Hurricane Relief Charity was formally renamed Friends of Saint Lucia International.
We invite you now to join our journey is shaping our future history.