11 renovated homes were handed over to the families who lost their homes during Hurricane Irma in 2017. PM Gaston Browne handed over these houses under phase 2 of the EU Housing Support to Barbuda Project.
Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Union, came along with Prime Minister Browne in the handover ceremony that was held on Wednesday.
These 11 homes are part of those 84 houses that are still being renovated. These houses have been included in the €5 million-euro project, which focuses on the rebuilding and renovation of the homes that were damaged in last 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that he is extremely happy with the progress in the past 12 to 18 months. He said over 80% of the homes had been restored.
European Union Mr Frans Timmermans was happy and praised the work done by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean with support from the EU.
The recipients of the 11 homes also added a woman named Gloria Cephas, who is a mother of eight children. After receiving the home, she thanked the government of Antigua and Barbuda and also the EU for helping her.
The work of this construction and renovation of these 11 homes started in July 2021. Other houses are supposed to finish by November 2021 under the “Build Back Better” program of the Gaston Browne led government.
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