IOM hands over emergency shelters to Dominica government

Minister Isaac (left) with IOM Chief of Mission Wegdam

The international organisation for Migration (IOM) officially handed over 16 emergency shelters as well as supplies and equipment to be used in those shelters to the government of Dominica. Among the supplies donated were fire hydrants, wheel chairs, stoves and gasoline cylinders, cots and wheel barrows.

IOM Chief of mission Jan William Wegdam says the original plan was to refurbish 12 shelters but in the end 16 were done.

“We are so happy that we exceeded all of the objectives and that we finished in time. We repaired 16 emergency shelters and I can give a little bit of credit to the Mennonites actually because we saved so much on the labour cost that enabled us to do more shelters,” he stated.

Wegdam says that the IOM also trained more than 300 people in First Aid, fire extinguishing, evacuation, psycho social support, emergency shelter management and ham radio operation.

Meantime, Minister for The Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Joseph Isaac says the government and people of Dominica, recognise the value of the IOM’s contribution to Dominica’s recovery.

The minister said, “On behalf of the ministry and the government and the people of Dominica, I want to profusely thank the IOM, that is the International Organization for Migration and the United States Agency for International development USAID for their valuable contribution to emergency shelter management in Dominica.”

The minister said his statement was made in the context of Dominica being ravage by hurricane Maria in which over 25,000 households were impacted including shelters.

He says the intervention of the IOM supported by USAID was very timely.

“I would like to therefore commend the IOM, USA and the other partners for a tremendous job, additionally I want to thank all the government and non government departments and organization including the shelter managers around Dominica who have contributed to the successful implementation of this project,” he concluded.

IOM Chief of Mission, Minister and and PS of Disaster Management and IOM Project Manager

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. IOM Dominica
    May 5, 2021

    Good day Annon,
    IOM policy of accountability and transparency requires that we share such information, so it is not a secret at all. Please find the list of emergency shelters repaired under that project below. These shelters were rehabilitated on the request of the government. Feel free to direct any further questions to us – you can find us on FB at IOM Dominica.

    Boetica Sewing Centre
    Riviere Cyrique Community Centre
    Sineku Pre School
    Atkinson Resource Centre
    Marigot Community Center/ Emergency Shelter
    Wesley Resource Centre
    Calibishie Resource Centre
    Glanvillia Resource Centre
    Bioche Fisheries Building
    Mahaut Gospel Tabernacle/ Emergency Shelter
    Massacre-Canefield Primary School
    Canefield Community Centre
    Tarish Pit Resource Centre
    Kingshill Baptist Church Basement / Emergency Shelter
    Bellevue Primary School
    Scottshead Old School

  2. Annon
    June 27, 2019

    Ha ha….great reporting, I wonder if it’s any of our business ‘TO KNOW’ where these shelters are located. What’s the secrecy? :(

  3. free
    June 27, 2019

    What about Tareau! So long these people begging for one…help them and thank you all

  4. RandyX
    June 27, 2019

    In a few days the crime minister will claim all credit for this to himself, even though his government was not able to do it. I also fear that the majority of the supplies and equipment in the shelters will sooner rather than later fall prey to certain DLP operatives. Remember what happened to the donated generators?

    • June 27, 2019

      Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. You all cannot do anything better but run your mouths. Wicked UWP men. Everything is a Skerrit. Get a life and a job and do something meaningful. Bums.

      • RandyX
        June 29, 2019

        …so says another member of Skerrits beggar force! I pity you.

  5. Joseph John
    June 26, 2019

    I hope the international communities, fellow Dominicans at home and abroad who were assisted or gave assistance will not use the negatives expressed by uwp supporters to paint the majority of us Dominicans as an ungrateful and unappreciative people.
    The generous assistance of the IOM is tremendously appreciated and we as a people are extremely grateful for their generosity . When you face disaster the words that come to mind are…” a friend in your time of need is a friend indeed. Thanks and God bless, IOM.

  6. Jeff
    June 26, 2019

    Check Judah escariot. …see his smile… damn traitor. . U should be charged for trism

  7. nan
    June 26, 2019

    Where are these shelters situated?

    • IOM Dominica
      June 27, 2019

      Boetica Sewing Centre
      Riviere Cyrique Community Centre
      Sineku Pre School
      Atkinson Resource Centre
      Marigot Community Center/ Emergency Shelter
      Wesley Resource Centre
      Calibishie Resource Centre
      Glanvillia Resource Centre
      Bioche Fisheries Building
      Mahaut Gospel Tabernacle/ Emergency Shelter
      Massacre-Canefield Primary School
      Canefield Community Centre
      Tarish Pit Resource Centre
      Kingshill Baptist Church Basement / Emergency Shelter
      Bellevue Primary School
      Scottshead Old School

      • Thanks
        June 27, 2019

        Is this IOM? You guys have saved our backsides for real. A lot of people still live in unsafe structures. Every storm they running to the shelters.

  8. Revecca V. Musgrave
    June 26, 2019

    Better Together

  9. I thank you
    June 26, 2019

    My wife and I want to join Joseph Isaac in saying a heartfelt thank you to the IOM and USAID for this most needed assistance. The hurricane shelters will serve as life savers for us, since we are already in the hurricane season and so many… so many homes are still in terrible conditions and cannot serve as a safe shelter for anyone during a tropical storm.

  10. ???????????????????
    June 26, 2019

    Hope you guys will comment positive and say thanks!

    • funny
      June 27, 2019

      8-O :lol: y’all look, the ‘comment police’

  11. ??????????????
    June 26, 2019

    Thanks IOM. We do appreciate your assistance; we are therefore saying again Thank you. I think I represent the sentiments of many grateful Dominicans who have been grateful for all the assistance given to us after the ravages of Hurricane Maria in 2017. It is a time where many persons are looking to criticize, without being thankful to all our donors – locally and internationally. Whilst our first thank you is for the Almighty Father who spared us as most of us could have died, I would also like to say thank you to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica under the able leadership of the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit. This gentleman has seen two major disasters in two years; has done his utmost best. A lot has been done; Again thank you Jehovah for your hands of protection over us.
    A note to you who enjoy saying hurtful things instead of thanks, it is time to stop being political on everything. Give honour when due. Togetherness &Love. Help someone in need. Trop…

  12. Michael
    June 26, 2019

    Thanks, IOM. Much appreciated.

  13. dissident
    June 26, 2019

    Mr climate resilient Isaac…..compare this with the statement from Ian Douglas
    Better yet: can you break down de achievement of your government?
    How many cots?..
    Did your government cover every roof in Dominica free of cost and labor?
    Your big money millionaire prime minister should be ashamed… people still living in hurricane shelter….. what do you want to say about that.

    Isaac you sound pitiful!!!!!
    Now you have to thank US non government institution and UN…. exposing de failure of your government and in particular your ministry

    If it wasn’t for IOM where would we be on repair to shelters?

    I really appreciate that IOM did not do any work on government institution like youth center and planning office building as well as police and fire station.
    Thank God for de UN and US humanitarian agencies…..I can’t say de same for China, Russia, Malaysia, Dubai……our closest neighbor seems to appreciate us in higher regard

    • iprotest
      June 27, 2019

      IOM have done a wonderful job.
      If de government had more capacity they would be making that announcement on their own ……to prove our resilience!!!!
      de government taking credit for de achievements of IOM………i agree they are just pitiful!!!!!!

  14. BN
    June 26, 2019

    Is there an image of the these security shelters for the public to see?

  15. viewsexpressed
    June 26, 2019

    Joseph Isaac says “the government and people of Dominica, recognise the value of the IOM’s contribution to Dominica’s recovery.”
    We welcome any aid from overseas donors but there has to be this structure to see well implemented and serviced to the benefits of our people.
    I would therefore want Mr. Cross the Floor Joseph Issac that ” We recognise the value and committed hard work of our own local Dominican resource contribution over the years to Dominica’s recovery and development”. We therefore further have to comment on the sad state of affairs of our villages, communities and Dominica overall. This corrupt Labour government and its failed Skerrit with a useless 19 ministers have continued to reduce our people to poverty, begging without any obvious plan to raise the profile of our people and engaged wholesomely to their development and upliftment of their respective communities and villages. Please do not rely on Skerrit and his fail Labour government, its just a big…

    • 💕Me💕
      June 26, 2019

      Get a life Views Expressed, what do you do beside seat at your computer and wait for a torrie. For a person who proposes pie in the sky don’t you think volunteering your time would be a better way of making a difference %? How can we have confidence in a person who doesn’t contribute anything towards humanity. Is it just the Dominican treasury that you have your 👀 on! Using your time towards a degree of higher learning of might enhance your chances of being elected. When is the next beggington.

      • Joseph John
        June 27, 2019

        @Me, the uwp opposition gang bangers are real eye openers to the leadership and Judas goat followers to their lack of class, substance and competence. They are like crabs in a barrel ready to bite and eat the hands that feed them. I just hope that the world viewers do not judge us by the antics of this minority group.

    • JJ
      June 26, 2019

      Joseph Isaac, Lorraine Banis and Julius did the right thing in leaving the UWP get over it cry 😢 cry 😭 baby. Your vindictive behavior has become contagious. Wake up you are the problem.

      • Joseph John
        June 27, 2019

        We see the practice of “do so don’t like so” when Christian who was the deputy of the DFP cross to be candidate of the UWP …silence moo moo time. When Edison James and Linton made quid pro quo promises on the passport issue no problem, but now the PM is using the “passport money” for Capital Expenditure uwp operatives are breaking all hell loose. Now they really deep blue vex, ready to burst.

      • dissident
        June 27, 2019

        See how far UWP get without Isaac and Loreen…..you need to get a life….. Joseph Isaac can NEVER win Roseau North.
        He keeps getting rejected….dat office in stock farm will NEVER guarantee a win. De people taking everything…… THEY WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM!

        Julius Timothy had his little stronghold but he was bowled out for a duck….. Isaac face in Roseau North lacks confidence….. because he can’t turn around UWP Supporters
        Remember Danny beat Timothy worse in the by-election

        • Neville
          June 29, 2019

          In hindsight it’s good that they left and joined their true conviction. UWP doesn’t want any corrupt people in their ranks.

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