Dominica Red Cross Society opens second branch office

Branch office and storage facility

Residents of Grand Fond, Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique & Rosalie to benefit 

Fresh on the heels of opening its first branch office, the Dominica Red Cross Society now has a second branch office and storage facility in the community of Grand Fond. The new office was officially opened on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Director General of the Dominica Red Cross Society, Sandra Charter-Rolle said the DRCS is playing its role in contributing to Government`s mandate to make Dominica the first climate resilient country. The training of its Branch Volunteers in disaster management and response, educating the communities on risk reduction with a resilience approach, and pre-positioning relief supplies in communities are some of the ways she highlighted as contributions from the DRCS. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of the National Society to provide support in the communities it serves to better prepare and respond to emergencies and disasters while assisting the vulnerable, Mrs. Rolle added.

The Office and warehouse is home to relief supplies and mitigative tools to assist the community when the need arises.

At the opening ceremony eighteen branch members were enrolled as Red Cross Volunteers and will form part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. DRCS, President Reginald Winston in his remarks, reminded the volunteers that they should always adhere to the fundamental principles of the Red Cross in undertaking their activities. He noted further that the community should be proud of the facility which will enhance the mandate of the Red Cross.

The Grand Fond Branch office facility which was built with funds donated by USAID/OFDA, will serve the communities of Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique, Rosalie and Grand fond.

Representatives from the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Gretta Roberts, Pharoah Cuffy of the United Workers Party (UWP), President of the Red Cross Reginald Winston, Board member Mc Donald Thomas, Red Cross staff, volunteers and residents of the Grand Fond community were among persons in attendance.

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11 Comments

  1. SkyY
    June 28, 2019

    So they can build branch office, but can’t assist their own volunteers who have been with them from all the way back then? I just dont get it. They have volunteers still under tarpaulin, like Theona, for the sake of peace, Help the lady out first and your other dedicated volunteers… Management changed true, but volunteers are still looked down on. Red cross is nothing without volunteers remember that.

  2. RandyX
    June 27, 2019

    Your PM is useless, corrupt and a serial liar. Now smoke that in your pipe. Hypocrite!!

  3. pedro
    June 27, 2019

    These are good initiatives and hearts off to the Red Cross. The volunteers – your work is important and you need to be applauded for volunteering. One note of caution though. It is tremendously important (using the most used buzzword) that the buildings such as these (and public shelters, fire stations, police stations etc) are resilient and are superior in withstanding adverse weather and crises situations. In that respect the buildings could have been better designed. Post Maria, we have to aspire to best standards. Nonetheless we should be thankful and for those improvements that can be make them more secure, lets give that some thought, please.

  4. Pipo
    June 27, 2019

    Mrs. Charter-Rolle? Never hear of this lady. What happen to Mrs. Pinard Byrne? She retired or what?

  5. Rebecca V. Musgrave
    June 27, 2019

    Better Together

  6. Maybe
    June 26, 2019

    Nice love this we need more to open fantastic

  7. LaPlaine Observer
    June 26, 2019

    Let’s hope Skerritt does not take credit for this project.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      June 26, 2019

      All you(UWPites) want to put Skerrit in everything; and when he says “I RUN THINGS”, You ALL(UWPites) get mad. What is really wrong with ALL YOU BLUE BELLY AMPHIBIANS?

    • June 26, 2019

      @LaPlaine Observer, so he cannot take credit for this project, but you guys have laid all the charges against him for the decision to close down a hospital that was built in the “stone ages” and is too old to be qualified as a place of health; is that fair to him?

      To you people, it is as if PM Skerrit can simply click his fingers and there it is–whatever it is that you all think should presently be in operation What is wrong with you people?

      And since you claim that he cannot take credit for this one, can’t you think of the many projects that can be “established” by the people to help contribute to the social and economic development? This one here is a good example, no matter who founded it

      But no! Everyone is sitting on their buts all day and waiting for the government to call them to a job; or else they claim that nothing is being done through the rulership of PM Skerrit and his governing body. This is pure nonsense very foolish as well?

      • Hector Marie
        June 27, 2019

        Elizabeth that hospital was built after hurricane David and served the communities north east of Dominica and did it well and he did not close it for any reason he allowed it to fall apart even when he had one of his candidate who ran for election and lost serving as medical doctor so get your stories strait .The people from calibishie to the carib reserve are being denied what is known as basic medical service by one who tells the population of his good deeds go take a look at the two what you ma call them at Wesley and marigot , Right now people like nurse Musgrave and Watty and DR Riginald Amour must be sick in their graves

    • Toto
      June 27, 2019

      Of course he will you don’t know he run things in Dominica? Even donations to Dominica from overseas must pass through him and cannot go direct to people.
      He must decide who gets what and when. Mister is a ruler of the universe don’t you know and don’t upset or challenge him, since he was a boy in Veille Case he don’t like that and can get very angry if you do. Beware.

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