The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has collaborated with the SVG ADHOC Committee in Canada and the Lions Club of St. Vincent South to construct a two bedroom dwelling House at Cumberland for a family whose house was destroyed in the December 2013 floods.
The two bedroom dwelling house was constructed at a cost of EC$82,000.00 with funds donated by the SVG ADHOC Committee in Canada and was built by the Housing and Land Development Corporation. The Cumberland House project came about as a result of the December 24th 2013 floods which destroyed several houses and made several families homeless. Shortly, after the December floods, the Diaspora Community Groups in Toronto came together at a meeting organized by Mrs. Shelley John of the SVG Tourism Executive in Toronto to form the ADHOC Relief Support Committee.
The Lions Club of St. Vincent South was selected by the SVG ADHOC Committee as the local organization to partner and execute the project. The land for construction was also donated free of cost by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Housing and Land Development Corporation commenced construction of the house in October 2015; the house was completed on April 19th, 2016. The Keys to the house will be handed over to Ms. Florestene Spring on Tuesday April 26th at a Ceremony in Cumberland. The Handing over Ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 26th at 11:00 am and will hear remarks from the President of the Lions Club St. Vincent South; representatives from the SVG ADHOC Committee and the Housing and Land Development Corporation and the Hon. Montgomery Daniel, Minister of Housing will deliver the feature address.
SVG ADHOC Committee of Canada Several SVG Community Groups in Toronto came together to form the ADHOC Relief Committee with a mandate to manage fundraising events to construct the house which will be handed over on Tuesday. They are SVG Association of Toronto; SVG Relief, Education & Medical Association; Toronto SVG Support Group; Bequia Social Organization and the Union Island Cultural Association. This group was formed under the auspices of the Consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines Toronto and chaired by Consul General Fitzgerald Huggins.
Lions Club St. Vincent South
Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the St. Vincent Lions Club, please contact Lion Michael John at 784-493-3032.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to sight preservation and community service throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.