Venezuela donates 300 houses to Dominica; President to visit
Venezuela has donated 300 houses, known as ‘petrocasas,’ to Dominica to go towards those affected by Tropical Storm Erika and the President of that country, Nicholas Maduro, is expected to visit Dominica to symbolically hand one over.
Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said on Tuesday that one the weekend the structure for one of the houses was brought to Dominica.
“We expect the President of Venezuela to come to Dominica on Saturday where we will have the symbolic handing over of this one home, but of course, making a pronouncement on the 300 hundred homes that will be built for those affected by Tropical Storm Erika,” he stated.
He said the first fifty houses are expected to be in the country in the next couple of weeks and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing will advise cabinet how and where they will be erected.
“So we trying to move as quickly as possible,” Skerrit said.
Petrocasas are Venezuelan family houses built in mass production and are largely used in rural areas under the South American country’s public housing program. They are made from PVC materials produced by the country’s oil industry, hence the name Petrocasa (Oil House). They can be built in ten to 12 days.
Schools reopen on Wednesday
The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development advises the public that schools will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday September 16, 2015.
However, schools that are still without water will remain closed.
The Ministry further advises that the Delices Primary School will open tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Delices Youth Center.
The Newtown Primary School and the Bagatelle Primary School will reopen on Thursday September 17, 2015.
The following schools will remain closed until further notice.
Coulibistrie Primary School
Salisbury Primary School
Massacre Primary School
Berean Christian Academy
Roseau Primary School
Campbell Primary School
Calibishie Primary School
Colihaut Primary School
Dublanc Primary School
Woodfordhill Primary School
Wesley Primary School
Pichelin Primary School
Petite Savanne Primary
Jones Beaupierre Primary School
North East Comprehensive School
Parents are again reminded to provide their children with drinking water.