is now 7 months after hurricane and reconstruction continues to
move forward. However there are many families who still live under
tarpulines and who struggle daily as a result of IVAN. The rainy
season is just around the corner so I imagine there is a lot of
stress thinking of the rains to come. I heard the other day that
20% of homes destroyed by hurricane are beyond repair. Many people
squatting on government land and /or living with extended families.
Schools are slowly being repaired. Students and teachers continue
to work under a lot of stress with lack of resources and poor physical
environment. I also heard the other day that government will not
have time to rebuild majority of hurricane shelters therefore people
are advised to prepare their homes as shelters for the next hurricane
season which begins in june. This
is very puzzling as many people do not have the resources or money
to rebuild stronger homes then before hurricane Ivan.
on a lighter note, the island continues to blossom in all her glory
and keeps getting greener and greener. Grenadian people also shine
forth in all their strength and courage as they rebuild their lives
In our village
alone majority houses are back up and many kitchen gardens are striving.
There is also a village housing committee that is involved in securing
funding from government for further rebuilding and reconstruction
on a community level.
date the funds we raised in Canada have been used to:
assist Ms. Erma St. Bernard, single mother with large family to
buy building materials for her house, a stove and gas cylinder,
school supplies for her children and general food and supplies.
Erma continues to move forward and is presently first on the list
to receive government housing funds to build a stronger home for
her and her children.
assist in the reconstruction of early childhood development centre
in Sauteurs, St. Patricks. GRENSAVE: Grenada Save the Children
Organization runs this nursery and preschool which was severely
damaged during the hurricane. $5,000 ec was donated from Canadian
funds. The centre provides both Daycare facilities and a small
Pre-School. At present it has 72 children on roll and employs
9 members of staff.
assist in securing funds for a small women’s textile cooperative
which will employ up to six women who will learn and produce a
variety of textile designs such as hats, clothing and crafts.
These will then be sold in existing local and regional markets.
After the Hurricane many jobs were lost effecting women and children
assist with foundational stages of artisan cooperative. Under
One Roof (UOR) is a community based development project based
in Grenville, St. Andrew’s, Grenada. Under One Roof is a
non-profit arts and craft collective focusing on education and
participation through community arts and craft programs. UOR will
house a variety of creative programs that will encourage and facilitate
personal, community, and economic growth. UOR is committed to
using education and artistic expression as a means of self and
I was advised by various community leaders and educators that
the Canadian funds would be best spent by investing in community
development programs that would have long term effects. Therefore
I decided to use the remaining funds to help support artisan collective,
which will provide creative educational programs for both children
and adults. Under One Roof ‘s long term goal is to become
self sustainable through the selling of artisan’s work in
Under One Roof’s arts and craft shop.
again I thank everyone for your moral and financial support. Please
keep updated by checking out my website. More will be written and
documented about Grenada as well as upcoming news on Under One Roof
as we move forward in trying to make this vision a reality. I continue
to paint and use my art as a means of raising funds for artisan
collective. I am presently having a one-woman show in St. Georges,
Grenada and 10% of all sales will be donated to the above community
program. Theo, Maya and I hope to return to Canada in August. I
plan to further promote my art work alongside artisan community
program while in Canada so stay tuned. One love.
many thanks and praise for your support and blessings over the past
few months in the aftermath of hurricane Ivan. Maya and I have returned
and are once again united with Grenadian friends and family. Theo
and family have put our roof back on and saved majority of our belongings.
We have been quite fortunate as there are still many people who
live under a tarpuline or are homeless and living with extended
families. Even though the island is getting green and lush again,
the devastation is still evident in the destruction of peoples homes,
schools, churches, and agriculture and tourist sectors.
rainforest has also been struck a severe blow. Within a few weeks
after Ivan hit Mother nature rebirthed and at present the color
green sings forth. The sound of hammering from morning to evening
continues to be background rythms and peoples spirits seem high.
Many now speak of the devastation in Asia and give praise that Grenada
did lot lose more lives. However even with evidence of so much island
faith Grenada faces both difficult and challenging times. And as
is the case globally it is the less privileged who will suffer the
in Canada, with the help of many friends and family, we were able
to raise $9,600, which is equivalent to 19,200 EC dollars. While
back in Antigonsih a hurricane relief committee was organized and
committee we organized a variety of fund raising events which included
a reggae dance, an artist jam, a Grenada-inspired art exhibition,
an afternoon ceilidh and a clothing/supply drive. Funds were also
raised through a funding letter, which was sent through the mail
and over the internet. There were also individuals who held their
own fundraising events within their communities which also contributed
to the grand total.
my return to Grenada I opened a hurricane relief account and have
begun helping neighbors here in Harford village, as the reconstruction
both nationally and on community level continues. I will spend the
next few months observing and listening to people’s stories
in order to seek the best means of using the money raised. There
is one family in the village, who has lost everything. Erma St.
Bernard is a single mom with 13 kids and who recently experienced
a terrible accident where she almost lost her hand.
of the raised funds will assist Erma to begin rebuilding again and
will be used to purchase building materials for the house, various
household supplies such as mattereses, cooking utilities, and other
needed items. School supplies for her children have also been bought.
I have also organized to meet with director of GRENSAVE (Genada
Save the Children) a non- government organization located in St.George’s.
Some of the raised funds will assist in GRENSAVE’s relief
and community development programs.
the time moves forward I will continue to give an update of distribution
of funds. In the near future I will update my website which will
include both my art work and hurricane relief update. So continue
to check out this page for more updates.
once again much love and blessings. Giving thanks and praise.
have set up two relief funds: one through the United Church and a
personal account set up at Scotia Bank. All donations will be pooled
together and I will be the administrator of funds when I return to
Grenada in December. If you donate through the United Church you will
get a charitable tax receipt.
However many friends and family may want to donate through a personal
account so that is an option as well.
should be made payable to:
Ryan-St.Clair and sent to Scotia Bank, Elgin and Frank branch, Ottawa,
Ontario. The account no. is 10066 00741 87 Transit no. 10066.
James United Church, Minister's Fund (Grenada Relief Fund) and sent
to Glebe-St. James, United Church, 650 Lyon St., Ottawa K1S 3Z7
funds raised through these accounts will assist various families
in Harford village and other surrounding areas to buy food, building
materials, school supplies, and other needed items.
of some of our fundraising events: