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UNITED CARIBBEAN TRUST - Future Objectives

SEEKING FUNDS

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 nations.

Inputs will include:
• documentation of damages at physical sites for study and review of building policies;
• assessment and recommendations for decentralised relief capabilities and efficiency;
• assessment of the psychological impact on both residents and local economies.
• 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:

Cassada BayUnited 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 students.

Cassada BayThere is a tremendous opportunity here to create not only a safe, peaceful
base for United Caribbean Trust but also a great retreat for professionals traumatised
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, please contact UC Trust for further information.

Cassada BayCassada 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..< Read more >

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Special Baby Survival Kits

Baby survival packsThese 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.

Soubise says thanksIn 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.

For further information contact

Mrs. Melanie Bishop

Tel: (2460 432-1137

babysurvivalkit@yahoo.com

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Schools Twinning programme


Carriacou schoolsFollowing our meeting 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 Twinning Programme'

Chat rooms between the twinned schools could produce a modern day 'pen pal' arrangement as teachers felt this exercise could be integral to students' IT training.

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 Ivan.

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
8. Calculators
9. Paper Scissors
10. Glue & tape

As a disaster shelter
1. Flashlights
2. Radio
3. Lanterns
4. First Aid Kit

Things in need of repair
1. Roofing
2. Windows
3. Toilet
4. Electrical wiring

Click on the 'School twinning' dropdown below to visit other schools on Carriacou.

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

Princess Royal HospitalThis 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.

URGENT NEED

There is a dire need for Oxygen ( 100lb cylinders) Pharmaceutical stock and supplies, and they lack diagnostic equipment and lab services.

Computer X2

Additional needs include:

CAT Scan Machine

Mammogram machine

Computers

Photocopier 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

Hill Top Carriacou  Residential homeThe 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:

Nutritional supplements

incontinent pads

ensure, nutriment, supligen,

night chairs

wheel chairs

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.

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