The La Soufriere, Volcano erupted on April 9th 2021 and this forced the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines to evacuate 20.000 people in the northern part of St Vincent. Many had to leave their homes and livelihood behind. This eruption might take up to 8 months to quiet down.
We at Richmond Vale Academy also left our buildings behind and are now along with thousands of others living in the Green zone where it is safe from the Volcano. We do our activities from here and will start teams in October and November of this year
Meanwhile we are stepping in to assist in any way we can. People left their homes with only a few things, living in uncertainty when to return. The whole country is impacted because about half of evacuees moved in with relatives, so instead of having 5 people living in a small house you have up to 16 to feed and take care of.
We are asking for your donation to enable us to give urgent assistance to people, while they are waiting to move back and build up what is lost.
What we are doing:
- Answer phones and emails from all kinds of people asking for advice and assistance. Act accordingly to whatever is need. Solving small issues like this can be a big stress relief.
- Hand out cash donations to people in urgent need or go with them to the store to buy food, clothes and other items.
- Donate money to bakeries making hundreds of breads, all delivered to shelters.
- Deliver food and supplies to people in shelters who need urgent items.
- Donate games like chess and domino to people living in shelters - Vincentians being World Champions in domino!
- Ask teachers in shelters if they need assistance in the form of materials for the children and if we can assist in giving lessons, workshops and more.
- Donate needed items to farmers like animal feed because Ashes cover the ground.
- Work in progress on a donation of 60,000 pieces of clothes. Once it has arrived we will assist in distributing the clothes. This is Children’s, Men and Women’s clothes and shoes as well as towels, sheets and toys.
- Work in progress on making animal shelters and fences for goats, sheep and cows and then provide feed and water – this way we can employ people, who have worked 40 hours a week on their farms and are now sitting idle with plenty of time on their hands.
We have already received donations from a lot of people all over the world and we are very thankful for any amount we receive!
It would be a big help if you share this page on social media so we can get the word out and allow more people to get involved in helping the people in St Vincent . Thank you!!
Here you can read more about the eruption, our supporting efforts and the progress.