Meanwhile the entire population of the village of Dubique is still crowded together in Grand Bay Community Centre. Over sevety people with 2 toilets! They are waiting for the Venezualan Petrocassa houses to be completed, which are going up apace behind the Grand Bay Police Station. The Prime Minister's dream of 20 by Easter may be a bit overoptimistic but there are several teams all working at the same time and progress is visible. I was delighted to hear discussions about sourcing guttering, which is a pet peeve of mine ( guttering is not included on the PetroCassas built some years ago) and is cruicial to manage the water run off in our climate.
Those displaced from Petite Savanne are spread out in temporary accomodation, often very crowded and stressed, as what was originally an emergency short term response has turned into a medium term accomodation provision. Eventually they should be provided with the same PetroCassa houses in Bel Vue Chopin. What I am noticing is that it is the most vulnerable who remain in the shelters, partly because the accomodation with electricity and light is better than that which they had before the storm and partly because they really have no resources financial, social or otherwise to locate a rentable property and organise. We are seeking to pilot a solution for a few of these vulnerable families especially where there are children with disabilites or who are specially at risk. Watch this space for news of wooden prefab houses we have sourced in Belize. We can build four of these in the time it takes and, for the price, of a block house. I am looking for sponsors to come up with USD 25,000 per family for some of the most vulnerable.