Six families who were displaced following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015 have received keys to their new homes at Plat Ma Pierre.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) partnered with the Government of Dominica in providing housing for these displaced persons.
In a handing over ceremony at the community which is close to Colihaut on Friday August 4 2017, Assistant ADRA Coordinator and Project Manager Priscilla Prevost said the devastation and loss of life which resulted from Tropical Storm Erika August 27 2015 aroused the humanitarian arm of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dominica and the Caribbean Union.
“Once the initial needs assessment had been completed, the local arm of ADRA with support from East Caribbean Conference administration and the Caribbean Union in addition to providing disaster relief supplies of food, water, hygiene supplies and clothing, offered to assist the government in providing housing for displaced persons as a result of Tropical Storm Erika,” she expounded.
Prevost said a proposal to build twenty-five homes did not attract funding internationally however not being daunted by this lack of funding, they decided to scale down to ten two bedroom starter houses on lands provided by the government.
The six houses handed over are 3-bedroom units with toilet and bathroom, kitchen, dining and living areas.
Meanwhile Parliamentary Representative for the Colihaut constituency Lady Catherine Daniel who is also Minister for Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs, thanked the ADRA for their contribution to her constituents.
She added that they are “blessed as a government” because they carry out the mandate of helping the people in need to “the best of our human capacity”. To ADRA she said God sends friends like them to guide them in that process.
“Saying thanks how many times is not even sufficient for what you have done,” she continued, “I want to say my deepest appreciation to you the workers and volunteers. You have no family here and you were here, I would pass and see you all working late.”
Daniel encouraged the recipients to forge a close bond in their new community.
“I admonish each one of you, you’re coming here as a community, a small community to work as a family, be loving, live in peace, live in harmony with each other, look out for each other,” she urged.
Daniel also asked them to put God at the center of all of their situations “because people don’t just hand people houses like that, people don’t do that, His divine plan had it for you”.