The Kiwanis Club of Barbados South is a member of Kiwanis International, a worldwide service organisation, and is one of eight Kiwanis clubs in Barbados. The club was organised in September 1989 and chartered in March 1990.
The club is a member of the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District of Kiwanis Inernational and falls under Division 27. The members strive to fulfil the vision of Kiwanis International of improving the world one child and one community at a time.
The club currently meets at the Southern Palms Beach Hotel, St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, Barbados, every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fun, fellowship and education. Club meetings traditionally are designed to be interesting, informative and entertaining. Interactive participation is encouraged.
Guided by six permanent Objects, the club seeks to evaluate both children's issues and community needs on an ongoing basis, conduct service projects to respond to those identified and maintain an active membership roster of persons who have both the desire and the ability to serve our community.
Service projects of the club are the responsibility of its committees, and include Kiwanis branded service projects of Kiwanis One Day, Read Around the World, Young Children: Priority One, and the Service Leadership Programmes.
The club’s signature or recurring projects include :
Antenatal Lecture Series – bi-monthly sessions on nutrition and substance abuse for pregnant mothers at three polyclinics
Provision of twenty-five layettes for newborn babies of needy first-time mothers attending the lecture series
Sunday feeding programme – providing meals for twenty-seven persons with the assistance of area hotels
Driving for the Red Cross once a week
Distribution of hampers to the needy at Independence
The club is well-known for its hands-on projects. Over the years, the club has assisted with painting, refurbishing, and beautifying a number of day nurseries, primary schools, district hospitals, polyclinics and homes of elderly persons in the community. In addition, the club has donated books and computers to several primary schools.