Twelve Emergency Shelters across the island will be repaired by the International Organization For Migration (IOM).
The IOM, established in 1951, is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration . The IOM comprises 172 member states, and a further 8 states, which hold observer status and offices in over 100 countries. The IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by working closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners, to provide services and advice to governments and migrants in areas such as: building national capacities; ensuring orderly management of migration; and enhancing respect for the human rights of migrants.
The IOM also assists in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
Community Engagement Officer at the IOM, Mrs Maxine Alleyne-Esprit said the aim of the project is to improve emergency preparedness, by improving emergency shelters across Dominica.
“We are also working along with government of Dominica and they have assisted in identifying the emergency shelters that need repairs,” Mrs. Esprit stated. She also pointed out that the communities have been selected and works will commence on the shelters soon. The communities within which shelters will be repaired are: Bioche, Boetica, Calibishie, Canefield, Atkinson, Glanvillia, Sineku, Mahaut, Marigot, Scotts Head, Tarish Pit and Wesley.
The Emergency Preparedness Project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID is an organization that leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.