On Christmas Day, Political Leader, Allen Chastanet, together with Parliamentary Representative for Castries South-East, Guy Joseph, spent the entire day touring the island to assess the damages.
Much of their day was spent in the communities of Marc and Bexon where more than 300 households were affected. At a time that is traditionally filled with happiness, joy and laughter, it is heart wrenching to witness families grappling with the total loss of personal items and property.
The Party is even more pained to the core after learning that several families are mourning the loss of loved ones. To them, we extend sincere condolences and also, provide assurance that we will do as much as we can to assist in their hour of need.
Across the board, what we’ve seen is cooperation and a spirit of service, which is synonymous with this time of year. And for the first responders who are out there – the police officers, the firefighters, the sanitation workers who sometimes don’t get credit but have done heroic work, we are so grateful to you because you exemplify what Saint Lucia is all about. We are grateful to LUCELEC, WASCO and the Telecommunications companies who have been working diligently to restore service to citizens.
We encourage people to continue to reach out and help a neighbor or anyone who is in need. Food and clothing can be donated to residents of the communities most affected. Our first commitment as a people is to meet the immediate needs of those who have no choice but to flee their homes, those who have lost everything. For these Saint Lucians, every night brings uncertainty. Every day requires new courage, and the months to come will bring more than their fair share of struggles.
It is during difficult times like these, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other. A lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away, and we focus on what binds us together and that we as Saint Lucians are going to stand with one another in their hour of need.
No one should have to deal with such a disaster at this special time of year alone.
We must chart a way forward, we must work together to rebuild our nation. The United Workers Party is already mobilizing resources to assist families most affected by the disaster.
Political Leader, Allen Chastanet, will continue his tour of the island on Christmas Holiday in Soufriere and surrounding west coast communities.