The rehabilitation project is a partnership between the EU, the Department of Disaster Management, the Ministry of Health, and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) who will be providing technical oversight.
A request for the grant was made in November 2017 by government and in February 2018 a response was received. Speaking at a media conference at the Central Administration Complex on Tuesday, October 29, Acting Premier Kye Rymer said the EU responded favourably and in record time.
“They (the EU) responded in record time in agreeing to give us a grant of two million euros to assist with the rehabilitation of emergency shelters across the territory which have been damaged from the hurricanes of which we are extremely grateful,” Rymer stated.
While the number of shelters to be covered was said to be 10, the Acting Premier listed only nine during the conference. These include the West End Community Centre, Cane Garden Bay Community Centre, Sea Cow’s Bay Community Centre, Anglican Church Hall, Purcell Community Centre, East End/Long Look Community Centre, North Sound Community Centre, Brewer’s Bay Community Centre and the Long Trench Community Centre.
“The funding will also provide emergency relief supplies to these shelters, training for the public and private sector in resilience, safe and green smart building strategies and standards and training in shelter management inclusive of shelter of cycle social care,” Rymer said.