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Antigua & Barbuda: “International donors pleased with Red Cross on Barbuda relief”

Two major international donors to the Barbuda recovery and relief programme are satisfied with how the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross has been managing the programme.

Michael Joseph, president of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross expressed the view on OBSERVER Radio yesterday.

He said that the European Union and Britain had earmarked about $800,000 in response to a joint appeal from Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts in the immediate wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma but most of the funding was channelled to the Barbuda recovery programme.

Joseph explained that in the normal scheme of things, major donors would visit disaster locations to monitor the progress of relief efforts. To this end, representatives from the British and European assistance programmes as well as the Trinidad based Australian High Commissioner to the Caribbean recently visited Antigua and Barbuda to assess recovery and relief effort in Barbuda.

“They spoke with quite a bit of the beneficiaries and they, themselves were pleased with the work that we’ve been doing. They’ve asked to give surveys, to give feedback and many of the feedback we’ve been getting from the Barbudans were very, very positive.”

The local Red Cross president added that the Australian ambassador expressed the desire to see more Barbudans return home. Joseph, however, pointed out that the ambassador was appreciative of the challenges such as inadequate potable water and banking facilities on the island.

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