In response to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ international call for humanitarian assistance, the Government of Canada has pledged CAD$440,000 in immediate aid to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The disaster relief funding, provided through Global Affairs Canada, will assist Vincentians in their immediate response to the volcanic eruptions at La Soufrière.
The emergency relief funding will focus on the basic needs of displaced persons, including those in shelters, with a contribution of $50,000 to support the work of Rapid Relief Team SVG and the health needs of displaced women and children through a contribution of $50,000 to the World Pediatric Project Caribbean.
Canada has provided $90,000 to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross via the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support shelters for evacuees and to provide relief supplies and first aid services.
Canada has also mobilized a $250,000 contribution to the World Food Program following the UN Flash Appeal for assistance to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.