The Grenada Government has pledged $1,000,000 to go towards relief efforts for those islands affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma last week.
According to Minister of State with responsibility for Disaster Management, Senator Winston Garraway, the decision was taken at Monday’s weekly Cabinet meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Speaking at Tuesday’s post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens, Sen. Garraway said it has not yet been determined which countries will get the money.
He said the decision will be made after Prime Minister Mitchell returns to the island following a visit by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to the affected islands.
“As to who will get those monies, after Prime Minister would have returned, at least having firsthand knowledge as to the extent of the damage, we will (then) be able to disseminate that information…”, he told reporters.
Sen. Garraway announced that Grenadians wishing to make financial donations to help the affected islands can do so through a disaster relief fund account at the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited (GCBL).
“We have activated our Disaster Emergency Fund at the Co-operative Bank, account number 121004900 – whatever you have large or small, make a contribution to the relief efforts of those islands that have been affected”, he said.
Garraway praised the Grenada Conference of Seventh Day Adventist for coming forward so quickly and making a monetary donation to the affected islands.
He said: “I want to take this time to specially congratulate and say thank you to …. the Conference of Churches of the Adventist faith for their donation of US$10,000 towards this relief effort.
“(I am also) taking this opportunity to call on the other churches and other organisations within Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique…to do likewise…”, he added.
Sen. Garraway pointed out that the recovery effort in the affected islands will “take a long time” since “it’s a long road to recovery but remembering where we were 13 years ago with Ivan and how we came back – they will come back but you would have to help”.
The government member praised the local private sector for opening their doors and facilitating the barrels placed at the different supermarkets for donations of food items to ship to the badly affected islands.
“…I must indeed say thank you to the private sector for pledging support in this regard – allowing us to place barrels and boxes in the supermarkets throughout the length and breadth of this country.
“You will find a container with a NaDMA logo asking you for support. We are asking you at this point in time to donate canned food and everything that is non-perishable items.
Sen. Garraway made a special plea to Grenadians to donate as much sanitary items as possible since this is considered to be “very important at this point in time”.
“…We’re asking you to donate this at this juncture…”, he said.