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SVG Co-operative League donates supplies to NEMO

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THE St. Vincent and the Grenadines Co-operative Credit Union League has donated a quantity of supplies to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) that can help in the volcanic cleanup process.

According to League President, Harold Lewis, the donation, which also included water, is part of their continued targeted assistance to persons who had to be evacuated from their homes.

Speaking during a ceremony where the donation was made to Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Michelle Forbes, Lewis said the League had some supplies in stock that can be used by persons who would be engaged in doing cleanup work so they decided to give them to NEMO.

“In our estimation, NEMO is the agency that would be able to make best use of those supplies or determine how best to deploy those supplies,” Lewis commented.

He noted that other that this donation, since the crisis, the League has provided water, food, cleaning and hygiene supplies amounting to approximately EC$118,000 to a total of 134 households.

“The League will continue to offer assistance to displaced families in accordance with established protocols where the demand exists and to the extent that resources are available,” Lewis noted.

He said that their collaboration with NEMO this week came in the wake of the recent notice that evacuees from the orange zone were returning home.

Among the items handed over were personal protect equipment (PPEs) and medical supplies including nebulizers, nebulizer solution, Ventolin inhalers, disposable underwear, N95 masks, safety goggles and glasses, bleach and soap.

In response, Forbes said it is heart-warming to receive donations of this nature, as NEMO has to cater to the needs of thousands of people.

“Providing for such a large population is not an easy task. This is the biggest relief effort that we have ever managed here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and I really want to express my thanks to every single Vincentian, and every individual who have contributed to the relief effort,” Forbes commented.

She thanked the League and its partners, and said the donation is a commitment to not only members, but to the nation, and will go a long way in providing assistance to people.