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100 vulnerable families to receive help to replace household items

One hundred families still vulnerable because of last year’s hurricanes are down to receive more assistance through a ‘household replacement project’.

The project is a collaboration between the BVI Red Cross and the Social Development Department.

“The objective is to support the recovery efforts of the Ministry of Health & Social Development in assisting the 100 most vulnerable households with replacing household appliances or getting back into proper living facilities,” Director of the BVI Red Cross, Helen Frett told BVI News yesterday, June 26.

The 100 families will be given grants which, Frett said, can be used to furnish their homes, buy basic-need items, or pay a deposit for rented accommodation.

According to Frett, the grant will target two sets of people.

The first set comprises 30 families still living in emergency shelters. Each of those families will receive approximately $2,000.

The second set will be 70 vulnerable families who have a home but are in need of various household items. The actual amount of funds given to this group will vary based on a family’s vulnerability score.

The higher scoring families, which represent those who are most vulnerable, will receive $1,500. Families whose vulnerability score is medium will get $1,200 and households with the lowest vulnerability score will receive $1,000.

The grants each family receives will come in the form of vouchers which can be spent at select furniture and appliance stores namely Island Department Store, One Mart Superstore, Bargain Center, Wild Rose Furniture Store or Radio Doctor on Tortola, and Rosie’s Superette on Virgin Gorda, among others.

Frett said the funds for the project are from a $12,000 Fred Olsen cruise ship donation and some $208,000 left over from the previous Joint Cash Programme that saw 1,074 persons receiving financial grants of $800 to $1200 through bank transfers and cheques.

That programme started in November 2017 and ended in January 2018.


To be an eligible recipient of the household replacement project, applicants must have a habitable space in which to put household items they have lost.  This is the first step which has to be passed before they can move through the selection process.

Proof of monthly income and loss of household items are also necessary.

The registration process started on June 25 and the programme will run for one month beginning July 23 and ending on August 25.

Interested persons residing on the sister islands of Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke will also have the opportunity to apply via their district officers.

Those on Tortola can visit the BVI Red Cross or Social Development Department. Virgin Gorda residents can apply at the Elderly Home in The Valley.


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  1. A Waste of Time says:

    This is another waste of people time.!! The same set of people from last year will receive these grants. If an organization wants to help people JUST HELP THE PEOPLE. It looks like they want you to open up your guts – for what – nothing AGAIN? They already have a huge list of people in their data base from last year – JUST USE IT, and not to give to those young men riding uo and down on scooters all day either. SMH

  2. hmm says:

    10 months past the storm.

  3. Homeless says:

    What about us who Lost Our Entire House and have now relocated out of the BVI? We Want To Come Back, but theirs nothing to come back too. HELP US WHO ARE ABROAD IN OTHER PEOPLEs PLACE!!! WE WANT TO COME HOME!

  4. hmm says:

    Some expat ppl lost everything when their roof went but i guess they are not from here so nothing for them even if they have school age children. Not even a school shoes did the gove give them. Hmm.

    • What says:

      Many BVIslanders got nothing either.

      • Hmm says:

        Are you sure they get nothing?? I know expats who roof went and could not save anything but their lives.the government and ppl responsible should be more compassionate and look out for ppl with children first especially those who had nowhere to stay. Many ppl lost their roif but did not go to the shelter because a neighbour or a friend give them accommodation but they too should get help like the ones that were in a shelter.

  5. CW says:

    This is for the most vulnerable. If you are an expat that is not you. Go home and regroup and return it you want. If you left BVI before after the storm YOU are not vulnerable, you have resources. Don’t be greedy. Don’t be selfish. Oh. Right. BVI. Never mind

  6. bvi says:

    I lost my home and everything how would i get proof off it when there is nothing to show but the house

  7. Tola says:

    You will see them greedy spanish people too.

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