There has been outpouring support for Venezuelan migrants who journeyed to Tobago to be registered at the Caroline Building, Scarborough.
Several churches, youth organisations, private citizens and businesses provided blankets, water, breakfast, lunch and snacks, as they braved the hot sun, waiting in line on Tuesday.
Many of the migrants slept on the pavements in Scarborough, on the steps of business, as well as abandoned buildings, makeshift tents, some even getting soaked by the overnight rainfall on Monday.
The Tobago Mission of Seventh Days Adventist Welfare department, DelTech Distributors, the Roxborough Police Youth Club, were some of the organisations which provided meals for more than 400 migrants, as they waited their turn.
Guardian Media understands that some of the Venezuelans were accommodated at the Harmon SDA school at Rockley Vale, where some of them slept and took showers.
Although the centre has been operating on a first come, first serve basis, the migrants created their own system using a priority listing, entering the centre in batches, which allowed a free flow.
Speaking with Guardian Media, co-owner of DelTech Distributors Kelvon Morris said their team has been closely following the situation with the migrants coming to Tobago and was moved by the number of children having to endure the elements.
Describing the situation as unfortunate, he said, they were only doing what they would have liked for themselves if they were in a similar situation.
"The number of Tobagonians coming over to Tobago over the last week has increased drastically and seeing so much young people, so many kids in the hot sun and all that, we really felt the need to reach out and assist the Venezuelan migrants, because at the end of the day this kind of unfortunate situation in a country could happen to anybody and if we were in the same position and we had to flee our country for survival, then we would hope wherever we run to we would be welcomed. So it is in that context we really came together as friends, as young people in business and stuff to lend support to the Venezuelans, whom we know are going through a tough time," he said.
He said that they plan to continue their humanitarian efforts until the registration deadline on Friday. He also urged other Tobagonians to lend support.
"We are encouraging everybody to do what they can in their own way, in their own space. We plan to go back, because there are also many other people who have already indicated they will support whatever additional resources we plan to put into it, some hope that in different ways we will go back until the culmination on Friday and do as much as we can and encourage others to do as well," Morris said.
Up late Tuesday, arrangements were being made by the Tobago House of Assembly to provide a Multipurpose Centre to house those who had nowhere to stay.
Venezuelan migrants journeyed to Tobago after several attempts to register at the two Trinidad locations failed. Some arrived via the Cabo Star, the Galleons Passage, the T&T Spirit, as well as Caribbean Airlines.
At the closing of the centre on Tuesday over 200 migrants were seen by Immigration officials, leaving hundreds to return on Wednesday.