One such effort on the way is being spearheaded by the UWI Open Campus which is appealing to residents here in St. Kitts and Nevis to show their support by making a cash contribution, via a special relief account, (UWI Open Campus Xmas Storm Relief Fund) that has been set up at the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, account number 125-514-7. In kind donations may also be made at at the UWI Open Campus, the Gardens Bassterre.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus, Professor Hazel Simmonds-McDonald, said they are seeking donations in cash and kind to assist with much needed disaster recovery efforts and to meet the critical needs of affected residents who have been hard hit by evacuations, power outages and water shortages.
It was explained that they have asked their Open Campus and sister campuses of the university to help with the donations as they try to provide essential items like canned foods, baby formula, powdered milk, rice, flour, clothing, cots, sheets, blankets, baby diapers and hygiene kits.
Similar assistance was provided in 2011 after the passage of Hurricane Tomas and its damage then in St. Lucia. Professor Hazel-Simmonds said that the people of St. Lucia were very grateful for the support provided on that occasion. “I am calling on all of us once again to help in a situation that can only be described as desperate and I am again relying on our goodwill and generosity to mobilize our efforts in various locations.”
She said that they are hoping to send shipments of supplies to the affected islands early in the week.