The Salvation Army in Trinidad and Tobago
The Salvation Army began its work on Trinidad in 1901, 14 years after it "opened fire" in the Caribbean in Jamaica. The Army was formally incorporated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1915. It's one of the most prosperous nations in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas. Trinidad's Pitch Lake is the world's largest natural reservoir of asphalt. And, tourism (mostly in Tobago) is growing.
The Trinidad and Tobago Division is headquartered in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, the nation's capital. Among its corps and social services ministries are three kindergarten schools, a nursery daycare center, two hostel shelters for women, an eventide home and a prisoner aftercare program.
The majority groups in the nation's 1.2 million population are South Asian Indian (40 percent) and African (37 percent). The official language is English, but other languages include Caribbean Hindustani, French, Spanish and Chinese. More than half the total population is split between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, followed by Hinduism (22 percent) and Muslim (six percent).
The colors of the Trinidad and Tobago flag represent the elements of earth, water and fire. Black stands for the wealth of the land and the dedication of its people. White symbolizes the sea surrounding the islands and the equality and purity of the country's aspirations. Red symbolizes the warmth and energy of the sun, the vitality of the land and the courage and friendliness of its people.
Source: The Salvation Army 2012 Year Book and the Central Intelligence Agency.