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.