CARICOM Secretariat Staff Association contributes to Barbuda and Dominica hurricane recovery
President of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Staff Association, Timothy Odle, on Friday presented cheques of EC$10,000 each to Antigua and Barbuda’s minister of trade, industry, commerce, sports and national festivals, E. P. Chet Greene, and Dominica’s director of trade, Matthan J. Walter, to support the countries’ post hurricane recovery efforts.
Greene and Walter were in Guyana for the 45th Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) which ended in Georgetown on Friday. The minister made a presentation to the meeting on “Unprecedented Hurricane Disasters – Impact on Barbuda and Dominica Requiring Urgent Help”.
Odle advised that the CARICOM Secretariat had three and nine staff members from Antigua-Barbuda and Dominica respectively and, as a family, all staff felt the loss, pain, distress and suffering of the members of the Community who were affected by the Category Five Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted the region during September 2017.
As a consequence, staff members started a relief effort and have so far contributed in excess of US$6,000, from which the EC$10,000 donations were made to Barbuda and Dominica.
With respect to the Dominica relief effort, plans are underway to provide vouchers to 40 households: 20 in the Kalinago Territory, ten in Petit Soufriere, nine in Good Hope and one in Belles.
Odle noted that the relief effort was ongoing and staff were planning to make another contribution during the Christmas season.