IsraAID NGO provides emergency aid to St Vincent

IsraAID NGO sent an emergency response team to the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines amid the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano that enveloped nearby regions in ash and left around 20,000 people to be displaced.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: IsraAID NGO sent an emergency response team to the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines amid the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano that enveloped nearby regions in ash and left around 20,000 people to be displaced.

Israeli humanitarian aid – IsraAID’s emergency response team arrived at St Vincent – SVG at the end of April month and has since been focusing on people taking refugees in private informal shelters, where the people are not receiving the same services as those in public and government places or shelters.

Tamar Kosky Lazarus, who is leading the IsraAID mission in the area, stated that “At the moment, we are just trying to assess the private shelters and how we can provide support to the children and the main issue that we are seeing at this moment is that people aren’t knowing when they’ll be able to go home, and people are not aware how their homes have been affected.”

She added, “We are continuing to assess the needs concerning water, and also the possibility of the needs of healthcare workers because they themselves have been displaced.”

Her team has been delivering out – children’s resiliency kits, which include activities that were designed by the child protection experts to reduce stress and provide entertainment for kids and allow some rest for their parents, who do not yet know when their families would be able to return home.

La Soufriere volcano is located on the largest island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines- SVG, and its effusive eruptions at the beginning of April led to a mass evacuation that saw people taking refuge in public and informal shelters, where they are facing urgent needs such as – water supply, child protection support and public health guidance in the front of COVID-19 pandemic.