Thursday 1 October, 2020

Disaster relief available from Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services is reminding citizens of assistance available to the public following natural and man-made disasters.

In a post on social media, the Ministry said that disaster relief is provided to victims whose items are destroyed beyond use due to these disasters. The Ministry is collaborating with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) to coordinate disaster relief to families affected by the floods.

Affected victims are advised to contact the first responders at the Regional Corporation, via their Disaster Management Unit (DMU) within their respective areas.

The assistance available to affected citizens is as follows:

Social Welfare Grants for Disaster Relief

Household items: Up to $10,000

Household items include: Refrigerator, stove, bed, living room set, dining room set, washing machine, chest of drawers, wardrobe and kitchen cupboards.

Clothing Grant: $1,000 per person

School supplies: $700 for Primary School Students, $1000 for Secondary School students

This grant is intended to assist children who are attending primary and secondary school whose books or uniforms have been destroyed.

Requirements for application for these grants: National Identification card, an estimate of damages from supplier, DMU report where applicable.

National Social Development Programme (NSDP) Relief for Home Repairs

Minor House Repair Assistance – Value of grant is $20,000

Materials for Sanitary Plumbing Assistance

House Wiring Assistance

Food Support Programme

1-3 people - $510

4 – 5 people - $650

6 or more people - $800

Requirements to apply for this support are: National Identification car, applicant’s birth certificate, personal identification number, birth certificates for all members of the applicant’s household, two recent passport-sized photos and one recent utility (telephone, electricity, water) bill.

Psychosocial and Counselling Support from the National Family Services Division

Social Workers attached to the National Family Services Division are ready to provide psychosocial support and counselling to affected families to help them cope with and manage stress during this period.

Contact information for this service – 623-2608 ext 6701-6707

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