Petite Savanne residents to benefit from Red Cross Debit Card Programme

Pinard-Byrne said cards will also be distributed to residents of Dubique
Pinard-Byrne said cards will also be distributed to residents of Dubique

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.

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7 Comments

  1. The Real Facts
    October 6, 2015

    My heart goes out to the people of Petite Savanne and others who were affected. Is the allotment of money sufficient for them? After they have received the necessities, please do not exclude the others as Colihaut and Coulibistrie.
    The man and his wife from Coulibistrie who lost their home and almost their life, how are they coping? I hope their house was insured.

  2. indira Ghandi
    October 6, 2015

    That is not much at all.

  3. oh Boy!
    October 6, 2015

    I agree with Mexican. other areas like colihaut and coulibistrie among others were affected as well

  4. Peter tosh
    October 6, 2015

    Please remember the people of coulibistrie, snd colihaut. They to have been affected by TS Ericka.

  5. Mexican
    October 6, 2015

    What about the people in other areas that were affected?

    • October 6, 2015

      It would be good if the Dominica Red Cross would tell us which government or institution was responsible for making this good deed possible. For as we know the Red Cross world wide depends on donations to keep its operations going.

    • Independent Observer
      October 7, 2015

      OMG….One at a time!!!!!! This is a great first step.

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