The April 2021 volcanic eruptions of La Soufriere have caused a whirlwind of destruction for the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. An estimated 20,000 residents were affected. Weeks later plenty of needs remain, such as access to clean water, food, toiletries, and clothes. In response to an application for support by Richmond Vale Academy on behalf of the National Emergency Organisation (NEMO), Planet Aid, along with Garson & Shaw and Nicamerica Clothing, S.A., has shipped a container with approximately 20,000 pounds of donated clothing and toiletries.
The container will arrive in early June and be distributed by the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO). The clothing is a small part of a fresh start for residents. Additionally, it will help thousands of Vincentians who are still displaced and living in shelters.
Richmond Vale Academy was also greatly affected by this natural disaster. The academy is a research and training institution educating students from St. Vincent and around the world about poverty reduction, climate change, and environmental conservation. Located in the red zone of volcanic activity, the academy had to temporarily relocate. Nonetheless, the good work continues.
On the academy’s blog, Richmond Vale Academy director, Stina Herberg, spoke about the school’s immediate plans, stating, “What I imagine is that it will take a number of months before it will be declared safe to go back. Our farm will most likely be totally damaged, however, we still have all the knowledge and the experience. “ Planet Aid will continue to provide updates concerning the ongoing rebuilding and clean-up efforts on our blog and social media.
During times of crisis and national emergencies, the work of Planet Aid becomes more contextual. Swift and tangible support is made possible through your generous donations. For information about how you can help the residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, please visit Richmondvale.org.