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Aug 19, 2016

U.N.D.P. Hands Over Construction Material

Relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Earl are ongoing.  Contributions in the form of cash and other resources needed for victims to repair homes and properties continue to be made.  This morning, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, donated a hundred thousand dollars in construction material that will be distributed to victims across the Belize District.  Deputy Resident Representative Karen Bernard was on hand for the handing over at Militia Hall today.


Karen Bernard, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP

“The initiative to assist with hurricane relief is the United Nations’ system.  There is one small contribution by UNDP and also UNHCR, our sister agency, which is what we are delivering part of today.  So we mobilized quickly after the hurricane seeing that some people had incurred hardship, they had lost parts of their roof.  Some people had lost their houses and some of their household belongings so we tried to come up with some funding quickly.  It’s a small amount, it amounts to, between both of the agencies, fifty thousand U.S. dollars, but we understood that some of the priorities were housing repair, roofing, mattresses and some cleanup kits.  So that’s what we’re delivering today to the most affected families in the Belize City and Ladyville area.”


Karen Bernard

Isani Cayetano

“Is there a specific process as to which families are selected or is this just a system where you guys are going into a neighborhood and making an assessment on your own?”


Karen Bernard

“No, there is definitely a process and at the United Nations it’s our job to support the government and to work closely with any government, including Belize.  So we know that the government, NEMO and CEMO, has been out there collecting information on the situation of each household.  So we rely on their data and according to their data, where they have identified the families most in need, that’s what we support.  We don’t want to duplicate efforts by going out and doing a separate assessment and we know that the government is doing their best to get that information quickly.”

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