U.S. Government supports hurricane recovery efforts in Dominica

The United States Government team members offload supplies in Dominica

The U.S. Government provided nearly $18.7 million to date in humanitarian assistance to Caribbean countries devastated by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).

The office remains focused on supporting national governments to transition from immediate emergency response to relief and longer-term recovery efforts.

Specifically, USAID has contributed an additional USD$3.25 million to the Dominica relief and recovery response, supporting the provision of critical health; livelihoods; shelter; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance to hurricane-affected households throughout the island, with the help of international humanitarian partner organizations.

Of the USD$3.25 million, Samaritan’s Purse received USD$2.5 million to provide shelter and WASH assistance, which included the installation of four mobile water treatment plants to provide access to safe drinking water for an estimated 10,800 people per day. Emergency health assistance was also provided by the Pan American Health Organization following a USD$250,000 award. A USD$500,000 award to the International Federation of the Red Cross facilitated cash transfers to vulnerable families that enabled householders to purchase priority needs, while increasing communities’ purchasing power and boosting local economic recovery.

Over the course of the response, USAID has to date airlifted a total of 162 metric tons of relief items to five hurricane-affected countries: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Sint Maarten. An on-the-ground USAID team continues to monitor the humanitarian response, support response coordination at Dominica’s Emergency Operations Center, and implement and coordinate early recovery activities in the wider region.

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9 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    November 7, 2017

    We are thankful for all assistance great and small! thank you for all that you’ve done and are doing!!!
    this is also a learning process to be more disaster resilient and organized… many thanks!

  2. Prim
    November 7, 2017

    Just shut up stupid people. You all cry so much saying America doh helping skerrit, now they helping you have something else to say. You will never be satisfied and guess what this does to your health, just wait you will see the results. Idiots

  3. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    November 6, 2017

    All Dominicans should thank the US government and US Aid in assisting with recovery efforts to also help Dominican nationals.
    A simple, narrow mind always criticizes, to no good. This is not a time for criticism and to be critical of what others think and why they do what they are doing. It is pure speculation.
    Let us be grateful to them. Without them, how will Dominica ever get better and nationals get over this dilemma which was recently experienced through Hurricane Maria?
    A thankful heart has a continuous feast.

  4. Boots on the ground
    November 6, 2017

    Apart from humanitarian aid we should not expect anything much from the US, uk, France, Canada, and other Democratic governments that’s fighting corruption . They don’t trust our government and as a result they will not put their hands deep into their treasuries

    • G Henry Williams
      November 6, 2017

      Hard to please people . you don’t get you complaining, you get you still complaining. No sense of appreciation. Man stop your complaining.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      November 6, 2017

      Who said? Some of you can make some strange and uncalled for comments which make no sense.

    • November 6, 2017

      That’s the truth especially with the individuals we have running Government in Dominica. I hope the USAID people stay and monitor the relief so that everyone can get to eat, These men lie to the masses they believe they can say and do anything, well it’s time someone else take away control and treat the people with dignity . Hurricane Maria took it all they were left without now they need help but we all have to our part, we have to come together and help each other, let’s go back to the good old days when people use to help one another we can do it.
      Let’s trust our heavenly Father for the energy we need to lift ourselves up, we can’t leave it up to Government to do,. find the love and joy that he has bestowed to us so we can move on because we will rise to something much better .

  5. Countryman
    November 6, 2017

    hmm the Samaritan’s Purse. this extreme right wing religious organization quickly gets USAID money (which btw is US tax payers dollars) to show up in developing countries in times of natural disasters and claim they are doing God’s work. What they don’t say upfront is that are getting paid 10 percent of the money and that is the driver behind their mission – nothing in their has to do with Samaritan. The other thing is once the grants are done they are out. They are not there to develop sustainable businesses. They are there for the money – period and maybe a little bit of their feel good evangelism. That is the US way of mixing religion and politics and not pay taxes. How does a religious organization become the recipient of a USAID grant for international work?

    • Jerry sambo
      December 5, 2017

      Who cares how much they get do you work for free how much did you send just take what you get an shut up about taxpayers money you are one of those people yes one of those just shut the hell up an say thanks

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