From the Desk of Clair & Magoe Menning,
Co-Founders of Macario Advantage
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Addressing Poverty In Paradise
October 2018  Vol 3, Issue 3 Newsletter


Following successful completion of our 2018 slate of projects, Macario Advantage is now preparing for projects to be completed during the upcoming January-May 2019 season. Considerable effort will continue to be spent on assisting the people of Dominica, West Indies, in their ongoing struggle to recover from the near-total devastation inflicted by Category 5 Hurricane Maria in September 2017. As before, our primary focus will be on helping local humanitarian organizations return to full operational status so that the most people will benefit.

A couple of the projects that have been selected from among the many urgent needs on the island of Dominica for Season 2019 will provide significant assistance in restoration of two elementary schools that were badly damaged by the hurricane.

Macario Advantage is also planning to begin doing projects on the island of St. Lucia, West Indies. Although some portions of St. Lucia are more developed than Dominica, the fact is that most of the residents still live in severe poverty. We took the opportunity to review potential projects during a trip around the island with two senior members of government.

We visited several facilities and learned of others while meeting with many of the local residents. We observed that shelters and schools are particularly in need of our assistance, including:
  • The Marchand Combined School This is an old elementary school in one of the poorer neighborhoods in the capital city of Castries. The building and surrounding grounds need a lot of repair and maintenance work.
  • Boys Training Center This is a shelter for boys that have had to be removed from their homes by the courts, or who have gotten into trouble with the law. The facilities need a lot of maintenance work, but the part that would be of most interest to Macario Advantage is repairing a residential and training building for the youngest boys aged 10-13.
  • Cornerstone House This is a non-governmental shelter for both men and women that would otherwise be homeless. They barely get by on a very tight budget, and are in desperate need of a lot of help to upgrade furniture and kitchen facilities.


To be able to successfully complete our mission of “Addressing Poverty in Paradise,” Macario Advantage needs your financial support. We are asking you to support projects to restore and give hope to poor people who otherwise have no means of improving or helping themselves. Please go to to do your part to make this a better world for people less fortunate.

Please note that 95% of funds raised by Macario Advantage go directly into purchasing materials and services to complete our selected projects. We have no paid staff, rents or other overhead expenses that can drain funds away from our humanitarian work. We also maintain complete transparency in our reporting to donors.


The Board of Directors and all associates of Macario Advantage sincerely appreciate the support that we have received from the partners and friends of our organization. This support allows us to continue with our mission to provide assistance to local community development projects described elsewhere in this newsletter.
95% of the funds donated to Macario Advantage go directly to supporting our projects and programs, with only 5% used to pay for direct costs necessary to accomplish our mission. We have no leases, loans, rents, debts, salaries or non-essential expenses. Macario Advantage is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization and your financial gift is tax deductible.  CONTRIBUTE NOW

As projects advance into the implementation stage, volunteers will be needed to participate in, and lead, the work. VOLUNTEER NOW
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