Two hundred and thirty-four heads of households from Petite Savanne, who were affected by Tropical Storm Erika, is to benefit from a Dominica Red Cross ‘Debit Card Programme,’ totaling US$50,000.
Managing Director of the Dominica Red Cross, Kathleen Pinard-Byrne told Dominica News Online on Tuesday that each Visa Debit Card is valued at US$125.00 or EC$333.00, and will be distributed to families in order to purchase items to meet their immediate needs.
“They can use it at the ATM to withdraw cash, they can use it at supermarkets or any store that accepts a debit card,” she explained.
According to her, distribution of cards continues from Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 7th October from 8:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
The Official list of Head of Households of Petite Savanne Community was developed by Dominica Red Cross and verified by the Petite Savanne Committee to select eligible beneficiaries, she explained.
Meantime she said, cards will also be distributed to households of Dubique who have been evacuated following the storm.
“We are processing Petite Savanne first then will have to finalize the number for Dubique afterwards,” Pinard-Byrne stated.
Other programmes which forms part of the Red Cross Relief Programme includes the distribution of household items and food distribution to those affected by the storm.
The majority of the residents of Petite Savanne were evacuated after the storm because the community was deemed unsafe.