Taiwan gives St. Lucia half a million dollars for humanitarian aid

10
Taiwan gives St. Lucia half a million dollars for humanitarian aid
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.

The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has made available approximately half a million dollars to victims of the Christmas Eve trough through a humanitarian assistance grant.

Taiwan’s Ambassador to St. Lucia James Chang presented Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony with a check of over EC$534, 000 (US$200,000) at a short handing-over ceremony on January 6, 2014.

Dr. Anthony extended words of gratitude towards the government of Taiwan and assured that all will be done to get the aid to the ones who deserve it. He added that the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the local Red Cross will help in this endeavour.

The prime minister, while reiterating his appreciation for the grant, highlighted that St. Lucia is currently facing an “exceedingly difficult” fiscal situation and “every donation matters.”

“There is no question that there is need for humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of St. Lucians have lost all of their household appliances, lost their clothing… Children have lost school books, and of course, some have suffered damage to their homes. In the vast majority of cases that we’re talking about [are] very poor people. And so it is with special gratitude that the support is received,” he said.

Dr. Anthony said he hopes that Taiwan will be satisfied with the manner in which the funds are distributed and delivered.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Chang, on behalf of his people and government expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the trough. He stated pleasure in knowing that there has been substantial restoration of much of the downed essential services, such as electricity, water and telecommunication.

Chang took the opportunity to recognize the “outstanding work by the people and the agencies involved in the recovery.” He hopes that this humanitarian aid will help to their recovery efforts.

(0)(0)

No posts to display

10 COMMENTS

  1. Woow some peeps have to add color to everything. I am very sure that the Govt of SLU had no begging to do if some of us understand cheque book diplomacy is a way of ensuring good relations with the state affected by the Disaster. However my concern has always been how such relief funds are put to work, sadly we still have loads or work to be done after Tomas and some of the projects were truly not thought of well, like the dredging of the Bexon River and placing the same silt back on the river banks. Strangle Tomas happened just on the heels on an election and this was used as a campaign tool. So lets see how this disaster relief unfolds..

    (0)(0)

  2. Please share the money to all and sundry. not only the Reno,s,Vita,s Tobi,s and Only SLP supporters. All heavy duty equipment from north coming to work in south, and south equipment working in the eastern belt when there are persons with those same equipment leaving in the area. Thanks to Taiwan, SLP never wanted you but UWP fought had, God bless your country they are benefitting also.

    (0)(0)

  3. Good question, will the money reach the persons affected? Persons in Bexon need to be relocated, will they gt help in that way. England also donated half a mill. Will there be transparency in the use of this money.I have my doubts.

    (0)(0)

  4. Will the government replace some of the stuff that the unfortunate people lost...like appliances etc???

    (0)(0)

  5. Lucians ....a bunch of small minded people.. he receives funds to assist.. he knows how t beg... lol some of you puzzle me.. and your comments.

    (0)(0)

  6. many thanks to the government Taiwan,it remains for the agencies to channel the aid to the needy without any nepotism.

    (0)(0)

  7. One ting my boy. You know how to beg I will give you that. But thanks anyways especially if the money make it to those afflicted.

    (0)(0)

    • "The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has made available approximately half a million dollars to victims of the Christmas Eve trough through a humanitarian assistance grant"......this piece has never made mention that anyone was begging for help here...you confused idiot!!! if english is too hard for u to comprehend just do yourself a favour and seek immediate assistance...don't beg..mind u...

      (0)(0)

Comments are closed.