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Nearly 12% of BVI benefits from financial assistance programme

Government’s Financial Assistance Programme, which helped nearly 12 percent of the local population, is now completed.

Government initially allocated $2.5 million for the programme to assist vulnerable families who were badly affected by the hurricanes. The programme saw these families receiving $800, $1,000, or $1,200 per month to help get back on their feet.

Government said more families needed financial assistance than they anticipated.

“The assistance exceeded the initial target of 24 families post Hurricanes Irma and Maria disasters. [Some] 3,531 individuals benefited from the financial assistance of the 1,074 registered households,” a government media release said.

Overall, more than $3,190,000 has been distributed and is now benefiting the local economy, it further stated.

Priority was given to larger households, single-parent households, households with persons under five or over 65 years, and households that have members with a disability or severe health problems.

Survey

According to a government-sanctioned survey, most recipients were satisfied with the programme.

Additionally, majority of the recipients interviewed said the amount they received was sufficient in meeting their basic needs such securing food, water, rent, transportation, communication, and household items.

Residents who are still experiencing financial hardships can contact the Ministry of Health and Social Development at 468-3650 or 468-3636.

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  1. Kudos? says:

    This was a Red Cross led program….

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  2. Jack Be Trutuful says:

    BVI Airways – $7 million dollars
    3,531 residents – $3 million dollars

    What a national disgrace!!!

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  3. Think! says:

    How in the world did they ever think that only 24 families needed help. What kind of assessment and planning is that!

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  4. i born here says:

    The NDP Government need to STOP trying to make themselves look good this financial assistance had NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.
    you all wanted the money with promise that you would assit the families that needed it most and was told NO! they would do it themselves tell the
    truth!

    THAT MONEY DID NOT COME FROM THE BVI GOVERNMENT

    there were representatives from Canada and the US who were doing interviews thru the BVI RED CROSS with persons to see if they qualify for the financial assistance

    NO ONE FROM THE BVI GOVERNMENT was there doing interviews im glad they neva gave yall that money because the families that needed it most would of NEVER received it

    we all know what would of happened if that money had gotten into the wrong hands…….

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  5. Rabbit says:

    well sah mine done already. wheb was this syrvey?

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  6. Anonymous says:

    BVI need a lot of assistance. Hurricane Irma hit them bad.

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  7. RealDeal says:

    BVI needs a lot of help. Hurricane Irma hit them bad.

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  8. Realdeal says:

    BVI need a lot of assistance. Hurricane Irma hit them bad.

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  9. The real Boo says:

    Government in need of leadership assistance.

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  10. Huh? says:

    That money came from Caritas and the Red Cross. Why is government pretending they are the ones who provided the funds?

    Okay. Don’t answer that. It’s obvious they’re trying to make themselves look good!

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  11. Anderson Cooper Son says:

    Afternoon news on the Public Assistant Grant:

    “The programme is being implemented by the BVI Red Cross and Caritas Antilles with financial support from UKAID, British Red Cross, Caritas Antilles and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to provide financial assistance to vulnerable households which met the eligibility criteria.” – BVI DDM

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