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Group donates 3,500 meals to diaster victims

Published: 
Monday, October 23, 2017
Volunteer Shankar Rakupet seals a bucket filled with food supplies during the Sewa International TT initiative for hurricane affected victims from Dominica and other Caribbean islands. The event took place at the Divali Nagar, Chaguanas yesterday. Photo by:ABRAHAM DIAZ

SEWA T&T has supplied roughly 3,500 meals over the weekend to people who have been affected by floods throughout the country, according to president of the group Revon Teelucksingh,

“As the floods started we have already started distributing meals in areas like Barrackpore, Rio Claro, Debe, Penal, Madras and Couva. These meals are prepared in churches and temples and other areas. Some of the meals include sandwiches like bread and cheese paste. We are also aware that some people eat meat and others do not.”

Teelucksingh spoke to the T&T Guardian yesterday at the Divali Nagar compound, Chaguanas.

He said the group was also preparing hampers for communities hit by the floods.

“We already have 120 hampers prepared. That is going out today.”

He said they budget every meal at around $10, so the cost of the 3,500 meals would be roughly $35,000.

They are also sending supplies regionally.

He said next week, they will be sending supplies to Dominica which was recently devastated by a Hurricane Maria.

He added that this relief will be in the form of buckets to these islands.

Each five-gallon bucket contain goods worth around $400. The bucket contains food supplies such as flour, rice, sugar, lentils, seasoning and other non-food items like toilet paper, candles and medicine. It holds enough food to feed three people for four days.

“We are not sure how many buckets will be going to Dominica next week. That decision will be made in consultation with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM). Every week as more aid comes and goes, the dynamic changes. We were told that the majority of aid is going to Dominica.”

He said the value of the entire project to send relief aid to Dominica and other islands is about $1 million.

SEWA T&T is 100 percent financed by the public and corporate bodies and Teelsuksingh urges the public to continue to assist financially the work they are doing.