It is our intention to continue to obtain additional supplies plus carry
out and monitor relief needs, especially the vulnerable members of communities
targeted in Carriacou and Grenada. These efforts will be documented and
submitted to relevant agencies. It is hoped that these inputs will assist
with informing a revised Disaster Management Policy for the Caribbean
Region. We are of the opinion that such policy revision is urgently needed
to reduce the impact of weather and other disastrous events on our island
Inputs will include:
• documentation of damages at physical sites for study and review
of building policies;
• assessment and recommendations for decentralised relief capabilities
• assessment of the psychological impact on both residents and local
• recommendations for poverty alleviation strategies and empowerment
of Carriacou and Grenada residents.
• continuous monitoring and assessment of vulnerable communities.
• recommendations based upon lessons learned.
There are invaluable lessons to be learned from Ivan the Catalyst which
can be applied to other islands' recovery efforts. The input of United
Caribbean can only add to the region’s current capacity for efficient
disaster management and prompt response to both citizens needs and restoration
and rebuilding of island infrastructures.
Cassada Bay initiatives:
Caribbean's Carriacou base headquarters Cassada Bay appears to to be the
perfect retreat location to be utilised not only as a base of operations
for United Caribbean but Cassada Bay would provide serene and adequate
accommodation for relief workers, councilors, 'working
holiday clients', youth workers, church youth groups and/or groups,
including teams of drug rehabilitation
is a tremendous opportunity here to create not only a safe, peaceful
base for United Caribbean Trust but also a great retreat for professionals
by Ivan; those still having to shoulder the responsibility for the continued
health and educational sectors wellness of the Grenadian community. Three
villas have been reserved and donated as part of this humanitarian gesture,
UC Trust for further information.
Bay is also an ideal place for a children's after school activity area,
with cricket, netball, basketball volleyball, snorkelling, kayaking and
sailing, kitchen gardening, hiking and other educational rehabilitation
projects taking precedence at this time..<
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Special Baby Survival
are crucial supplies that are needed in all of the areas that we are monitoring.
In Carriacou there are approximately 25 out of 174 babies that fall into
the vulnerable and 'high risk' category. Packs have already been delivered
and on-going needs must be met.
Gouyave the Public Health Nurse
has identified another 20 and in Soubise,
following a very brief assessment, there appears to be close to that same
number. We also saw a few heavily pregnant mothers, due to give birth
within the next few months.
Another area identified in Grenada is La
Mode Click to see the youth of the village helping with distribution.
with the principals of the schools, it was agreed that the concept of
Barbados and Trinidad schools twinning or adopting a school in Carriacou
and Grenada was an excellent idea.
With that in mind, the United Caribbean team documented the pupils, their
schools and the damages sustained, in order to set a framework on which
we could build. Lists of schools' needs for supplies to be donated will
be posted on www.UnitedCaribbean.com. Schools may be helped by their counterparts
throughout the Caribbean.
Some schools are linked to local churches,(ie. Anglican, Roman Catholic
and Methodist). These organisations will be approached to encourage the
youth in Barbadian churches to become involved in this very special 'School
Chat rooms between the twinned schools could produce a modern day 'pen
pal' arrangement as teachers felt this exercise could be integral to students'
Click on the 'school challenges' on the side bar to learn about the schools
on the island and how your school can help.
WISH LIST- BISHOP'S COLLEGE
1. Furniture for students and teachers
2. Three (3) tents for classrooms
3. No water in tank because of leaking roof, damage spouting and guttering
4. Windows for original building
(110 sets of Aluminum) size: Length - 54` 5`` Width - 30` 7``
5. Rebuilding of Tuck Shop
6. Equipment for Tuck Shop
7. Electronic Projector, Lap Top (Computer) and educational software,
tape recorder, CD player.
8. Sewing Machines and materials for Clothing and Textiles
9. Technical Drawing and Construction room, tools and equipment.
10. Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology Apparatus, Chemicals for
Chemistry, light microscope etc.).
Some problems were further compounded after the passage of Hurricane
WISH LIST- HARVEY VALE
1. Furniture - 50 chairs and tables
2. Chalk board paint
3. Food items for our School Feeding Program
4. Bristol board and markers -all colours
5. Sponges for bed - foam
6. Used toys
Our intermediate List
1. Refurbishment of school building
2. Proper toilet facilities
Our long term list
1. Fencing of school property
2. Computer lab with about 10 computers
WISH LIST- DOVER GOVERNMENT
1. Sporting equipments
2. Markers & crayons
3. Posters & charts
4. Maps of the Caribbean
5. Educational games & CD's
6. Educational puzzles
7. Story books
9. Paper Scissors
10. Glue & tape
As a disaster shelter
4. First Aid Kit
Things in need of repair
4. Electrical wiring
Click on the 'School twinning' dropdown below to visit other schools
Schools Feeding Programme
Over 30 acres have been identified that are farmed by the local Rastafarian
community. These fields have been destroyed by Ivan and their tractor
is not working. With the help of chain saws and manual tools in addition
to tractor parts or a new tractor, these hard working and passionate individuals
who are willing and able to restart, could recover their fields, and contribute
fresh fruit and vegetables to the 'Schools Feeding Programme'
The Princess Royal Hospital
facility is currently servicing the needs of Carriacou and some of the
spillover from Grenadian residents. The hospital and it satellite Health
centres are responsible for community wellness and play a large role in
the recovery process. There is a great need for repairs to the roof of
the main building which was damaged and is sited on a windy hillside.
Secondly, there appears to be some damages to the hospital's cisterns
and water capability is impaired to some degree, with supplies of bottled
water ferried over from the mainland.
There is a dire need for Oxygen ( 100lb cylinders) Pharmaceutical stock
and supplies, and they lack diagnostic equipment and lab services.
Additional needs include:
CAT Scan Machine
Twinning of the Princess Royal Hospital with UK organizations will be
explored later this year to upgrade the hospital's capacity for services.
The Health Centres staff are responsible for community wellness and follow
patients in their homes, as needed. The six Health Clinics are staffed
by Public health Nurses and monitor pregnancies, well-babies, diabetics
and hypertensives on both Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Residential Geriatric Facilities
Nursing Homes, located at Top Hill and Hermitage, service approximately
16-20 residents each. These are very basic facilities and are in need
of much, but residents are clean and well-cared-for, by a caring and dedicated
staff. Among geriatric needs we include:
ensure, nutriment, supligen,
pressure relieving over-matresses
lifting equipment and rails
There is a need for a matron at Top Hill. This position is available
with accommodation and basic salary. Please apply to: Hospital Administrator,
Princess Royal Hospital, Carriacou, Grenada.