CDEMA’s Legacy Project aims to support the recovery and reconstruction efforts in territories that were severely impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, one of which was Antigua and Barbuda. The Project, which launched in April 2018 with a donation of US$50,000, distributed vouchers to displaced persons from Barbuda for the purchase of necessities such as food and hygiene products.
Under the project, emphasis is placed on assisting single, female-headed families, the elderly, and persons with physical and mental challenges. As such, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) of Antigua and Barbuda, which was implementing its Transitional Social Protection Programme, worked in partnership with CDEMA to disburse the vouchers.
The vouchers were issued in denominations of $50US dollars, $100US dollars, and $250US dollars. Three suppliers, two in Antigua and one in Barbuda, were contracted to provide the supplies between May 1- 24, 2018.
Director of NODS, Mr Philmore Mullin said that the project ran smoothly and the NODS was able to successfully distribute vouchers to the 270 beneficiaries. He also expressed gratitude to CDEMA for spearheading this initiative.
One beneficiary, Maritza Crogman, shared “The hurricane was very hard for me. I lost everything. My grandson and family suffered from the trauma. They do not want to go back to Barbuda. The voucher programme is helpful to me at the moment. It is a good idea.”
Similarly, another beneficiary, Salome Deazle also offered positive feedback, stating “I was impacted by Irma. I lost my home which was the rental I lived in. I can’t go back because I have three children so I am renting a house in Antigua for the time being. The Voucher Programme has been very good. We are very thankful because right now we are not getting paid and we have been shorting food sometimes, so it comes in handy. We are thankful for the help and as much help as we can get as possible”.
The successful implementation of the Legacy Project would not have been possible without funding and the unwavering support of the donor community including regional and international governments, development partners, the private sector, NGOs, citizens within the Region, the Caribbean Diaspora, and across over the world. (PR)