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Gov’t begins scouting for housing beneficiaries

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith (left) and Chief Executive Officer at Digicel BVI Kevin Gordon

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said government has started scouting for the first set of persons who will benefit from building materials donated by telecommunications provider Digicel.

The company handed over some $100,000 worth of building materials including cement, steel, sand, and gravel to government this afternoon.

Premier Smith said the Ministry of Health and Social Development will partner with Rotary clubs on Tortola to rebuild houses for those left homeless by last month’s hurricanes.

“The Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Rotary clubs have already begun to look for those persons who they will be initially assisting,” he told journalists during the handing over ceremony at the Road Town festival grounds today, October 10.

The premier said construction will commence when the first set of beneficiaries is selected.

“We have to help to look after persons who are unable to look after themselves – who don’t have the access to the finances that are necessary. Most of them probably would not have insurance,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer at Digicel BVI Kevin Gordon said the telecoms company decided to donate the items because it is a part of the community.

Since the hurricanes passed, Digicel also  made several other donations through the government and Rotary. They include several food and medical supplies, as well as repairs to Althea Scatliffe Primary School.

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  1. Anegada says:

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    Just remember there are some older folks in Anegada… one family is in their mid eighty and seventies..

  2. :( says:

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    Just remember if you spent your money on insurance etc preparing for this day you will get nothing. it will go to those who did not prepare and spent that money elsewhere. Whilst you argue with the insurers who want to pay you nothing. They will get a house.

  3. Jamaican says:

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    People just wanted to let those who are not aware that the digicel boss is a Jamaican. Please take note in the positives as well.

  4. Concern says:

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    How about make it an application process – how you scouting for people to deliver supplies.

    Digicel said their donations was to people WITHOUT insurance, but again the government take it upon themselves to decide who is more deserving.

    Just remember their is more to BVI than just tortola residents. I think each island should get 25K of donations to help those who need it.

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