St. Kitts–Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, announced today that a shipment of supplies had been sent by the Open Campus to St. Vincent and the Grenadines through the services of the Barbados Coast Guard. She said that a team in the Open Campus is coordinating efforts with staff and colleagues across the region to gather contributions to support relief efforts for those affected by the severe flooding in the Eastern Caribbean over the Christmas holidays.
“The UWI Open Campus has students, staff, clients, stakeholders and advisors living in the areas impacted by the floods, especially in Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. . These countries have been part of our University community since the 1950’s and we want to do our part to help them especially in this time of need” said Professor Simmons-McDonald.
“We are seeking donations in cash and kind to help assist with much needed disaster recovery efforts and to meet the critical needs of affected residents who have been hard hit by evacuations, power outages and water shortages. We are asking our Open Campus and sister campuses to help with donations in our efforts to meet basic needs by providing essential items like canned foods, baby formula, powdered milk, rice, flour, clothing, cots, sheets, blankets, baby diapers and hygiene kits.”
In 2011, the UWI Open Campus contributed to the relief effort after Hurricane Tomas through help in monetary donations and items that served to assist people in Saint Lucia. “ They were grateful for our efforts and we are proud that our campus community rose to the occasion and were unstinting in contributions to that relief effort. I am calling on all of us once again to help in a situation that can only be described as desperate and I am again relying on our good will and generosity to mobilise our efforts in various locations. We expect to send shipments to St. Lucia and Dominica and additional shipments to St. Vincent early in the week” said the Principal.
Contributions may be made through all UWI Open Campus country site locations across the region. Contact information for Open Campus Country Sites may be found online at www.open.uwi.edu/locations. Queries about making cash donations directly to assigned bank accounts across the region may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.