Dominica to send supply container to Haiti

The streets of La Cayes after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters
The streets of La Cayes after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Photo: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

Dominica will be sending a 40-foot container to Haiti as a response to the passage of Hurricane Matthew, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has said.

He said at a press conference on Friday that the container is presently being stuffed and will be sent to La Caye as early as next week. La Caye was severely hit by Matthew.

“So we will be focusing on that community with regards to the relief,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the donation will be coordinated through CDEMA to get it to Jamaica where it will be then transported to La Caye.

“We are able to use the Jamaica point of contact to get it across much more efficiently rather than have to send it to Port Au Prince to La Caye because there are infrastructural challenges, roads and bridges have been affected causing access there by huge trucks and containers to be compromised,” he explained

He appealed to Dominicans to continue assisting Haiti.

“The little that we have as Dominicans to continue provide help to Haiti. Haiti is going to need help now and in the foreseeable future,” he noted.

He also called on the churches to assist.

“Whatever tithe you would have raised in the church, let us pass half of it to the ODM (Office of Disaster Management) so that we can get the items to them,” Skerrit said. “We are also prepared to receive cash because cash sometimes is much more efficient in its disposition. So we will pass this cash to CDEMA, who could procure items out of Jamaica for example or the Dominican Republic.”

He added, “I am hoping on Monday morning, the Pastors and Priests and the Rastafarian brethren and Imams will call the ODM and pass on small as it is…” Skerrit said.

Last week Skerrit appealed to the private sector to assist the hurricane-ravaged country.

Already the government has donated US$100,000 to Haiti.

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14 Comments

  1. Tell the Truth
    October 17, 2016

    We hope the container arrives safely and intact.

  2. Independent Observer
    October 17, 2016

    I am really amazed at some of the negative comments I have read to DA’s aid to Haiti considering just a year ago so many people overseas….Many without big means (including myself and my friends) sacrificed and sent things to assist in DA’s relief effort after the passage of TS Erika… Honestly, Dcans this level of vitriol does not represent who we are as a people. We all need to do our part.

  3. Tjebe fort
    October 16, 2016

    Shaka, you think govt. is sending what is left over from the aid we got ourselves from Morocco? I am curious because all Skerrit say is that they are stuffing a container. With what?

  4. Me
    October 16, 2016

    I hope they don’t loot it like they did with U.N. aid trucks in the same place, Les Cayes ( not La Caye) yesterday, righ in front of the U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s eyes. I sometimes wonder if there is any redemption for poor Haiti. Still, the container will make someone a cosy home.

  5. freedom till I die
    October 15, 2016

    Bring out the “money” Bro

  6. Cyrique
    October 15, 2016

    Well done PM!! God bless you ??

  7. geez!
    October 14, 2016

    we may not have much but what we have a lot of is water and water is a great necessity for them at this point.

    • Me
      October 17, 2016

      They have plenty of water in Haiti. What is really needed is clean water so purifying equipment would be more useful. Shipping bottles of water from Dominica is very expensive. Give the money to buy equipment instead.

  8. Dasheen
    October 14, 2016

    IS THIS FOR REAL?

    DNO ADMIN, please confirm that this is a valid story as it is so RIDICULOUS IT IS ASININE.

    Domininca sending a container to Haiti??? LoL.

    By the way, nice picture, BUT WHERE ARE THE PICTURES OF THE MASS GRAVES!!!! ALL WE ARE SEEING HERE IS SOME FLOODING WITH HOUSES STILL UP.

    WHERE ARE THE MASS GRAVES.

    WHERE IS THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION??

    ………………….

    • Ya Boy!
      October 17, 2016

      Bruh… :-|

    • Tell the Truth
      October 17, 2016

      You like the gory stuff. I think they are discreet and save people that view.
      Take a trip to Haiti and you will see firsthand what you are demanding to see.

  9. DomiChina
    October 14, 2016

    Woe to him that call blessed cursed and cursed blessed!
    Just Saying

  10. Shaka Zulu
    October 14, 2016

    We are also prepared to receive cash because cash sometimes is much more efficient in its disposition. So we will pass this cash to CDEMA, who could procure items out of Jamaica for example or the Dominican Republic.” Transaction that involves cash which allows for efficient disposition. It is also difficult to trace. Hmmmmm

    • just saying
      October 14, 2016

      shaka zulu put a sock in it!!!!!!

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