Construction was completed for 35 transitional shelters and 128 rain water harvesting systems for the persons most affected by Hurricane TOMAS (01.03.12)
The rebuilding works officially ended on 1st March 2012 having followed the urgent operations put in place by the French Red Cross within the framework of the project “Emergency and early recovery answer to the passage of hurricaine Tomas on the island of Saint Lucia the lesser Antilles”, initiated in 2010, after the passage of the Hurricane Tomas.
On this occasion, the French Embassy to the OECS Member States, accompanied Emmanuelle Sanchez, Co-ordinator of the project for the Platform of Regional Intervention for the Americas and the Caribbean, of the French Red Cross for the Caribbean (PIRAC) and Jocelyn Lance, regional representative of the organization which funded the project, the department of humanitarian aid of the European Commission - ECHO.
Miss Sanchez, Mr. Lance and the representative of the Embassy went into the areas of Millet, Tête Chemin, Durandeau, Morne d’Or and Sarrot where they visited some of the 343 families which have benefited from the construction of the 35 transitional shelters and the 128 rain water harvesting systems ; the construction works were carried out in close collaboration with the St Lucia Red Cross.
Building on this experiment, and within the framework of other projects of natural disaster management carried out by the French Red Cross with its counterparts of St Lucia and of Dominique, new meetings and missions are envisaged in the coming weeks in St Lucia and at the PIRAC headquarters in Guadeloupe, in which representatives of the St Lucia Red Cross will be participating.