Grenadian disaster management gets helping hand from Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is providing over CA$88,000 to the Grenada Red Cross Society to assist communities in St. Andrew reduce their vulnerability to potential disasters such as hurricanes and flooding.

Rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and an escalation in the frequency and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes threaten homes and businesses across the Caribbean. These situations can have a significant negative impact on sustainable economic growth and result in loss of life. In order to respond to the increased threat of natural disasters and climate change, communities must build their resilience.

The Reducing risk and improving living conditions through community involvement in safer building practices project, implemented by the Grenada Red Cross Society, will help the Pearls and Telescope communities of St. Andrew strengthen their homes and reduce their vulnerability to flooding.

Over a timeframe of fifteen months, the project will train 30 people in safer housing construction techniques; retrofit 31 homes of the most vulnerable families; construct or restore 100ft of drains; and plant 1,000 fruit trees.

The Grenada Red Cross secured support for this project through the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund, part of Canada’s CA$600 million Caribbean Regional Programme. The Fund is designed to support Caribbean-based non-governmental organizations, community groups, and governmental agencies working at the community level to reduce risks from natural hazards and climate change.

The CCDRM Fund is currently inviting proposals for community-based projects that aim to decrease disaster risk in CARICOM communities. Additional information on the Call for Proposals is available by clicking HERE or by contacting the CCDRM Fund at ccdrm.fund@gmail.com.

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