THE ST. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society’s Community Resilience Building Project is in the process of converting an area of swamp into a pond to support the elimination of a mosquito breeding site in Paget Farm.
This micro project was launched in the Paget Farm Community on 24th August 2021. The St Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society said in a release that the initiative will employ soft engineering techniques to achieve its objective. A local environmental scientist as well as the Forestry Department are providing technical support for the project.
During the execution of the project community groups led by the Paget Farm Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) will collaborate with the contractor to ensure a successful outcome.
Speaking at the launch Director General of the SVG Red Cross Dora James, implored the community to take ownership of the project. Brief remarks were made by Director of Forestry Fitzgerald Providence, CRB Field Officer Leroy Jack, representative of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Rochelle Tannis and contractor for the project Richard Hutchinson.
Paget Farm is one of three communities which currently being supported in capacity building by Global Affairs Canada through the Canadian Red Cross.
Suriname and Belize are the two other Caribbean countries which also benefit from the Community Resilience Building programme.