Barbudans getting building materials from red cross

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the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) is rolling out a new Shelter Recovery Programme (SRP)to help Barbudans to purchase and install needed housing fixtures to get their houses geared for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

The SRP was developed as part of the Red Cross’ effort to assist in the recovery of Barbuda while coordinating with the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) other humanitarian organizations in operation in Barbuda such as Samaritan’s Purse and Barbuda Recovery and Conversation Trust (BRCT) that have assisted with the recovery.

To maximize effort, the decision was made to focus on providing essential housing fixtures such as doors, tiles, windows, water tanks, and spouting along with the supplies necessary for the installation of such.  “For anyone to have a proper place and have the conditions to go back to their houses, this is what they need,” said Alejandra Van Hensbergen, ABRC Cash Transfer Program Delegate – Hurricane Irma.

The target is to provide building materials for 250 households in 8 weeks, in a cycle that moves from registration, housing visits for measurements, transporting the beneficiaries to purchase the materials, shipping, distribution and referral to an installer for those that need the support.

Each household was accorded EC$3000 to use at a participating vendor. All beneficiaries are expected to be identified by the end of June.  The first 50 have already received materials in Barbuda and the next 50 were transported on June 7th to purchase their materials in Antigua. Red Cross staff are currently meeting and registering with groups 3 and 4.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. July 1 is the date their MP has given for them to return to Barbuda. Hope they comply and go back to do some actual work on their actual properties.

  2. If the Government would fix the hospital, school and post office then more Barbudans would head home. They seem not interested in fixing government buildings. They use the money and fix Nurses hostel and Barrymore hotel so the benefit goes to Antigua and that is not right. They sweeten up the Barbudans for a while then now kicking them out because they did not get their votes. Trust me, one day GB and his crew will pay for this injustice.

  3. Chups! Giv m a break. They did not want to go back. If they did they would have gone long time. The Antigua life sweet them. Th3y get pay every week their kidsbgonto school an they are fed everyday. I cant see whybi would b so happy living in a shelter months. Even those who have returned not making an effort to rebuild their homes. All them ungreatful people want ah handouts and they still bite the hand that feed the. Gwan go home!!!!

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