Telecommunications provider Flow this week presented 400 airbeds, 400 air pumps and linen to the Director of the National Emergency Management Organization, Michelle Forbes, in response to last month’s eruption of La Soufriere.
Flow Country Manager Wayne Hull presented the items to Forbes, who thanked the company for the donation, saying:
“We have had over 18,000 persons displaced as a result of the eruption, with persons staying in private homes and we have another 4,000 persons in shelters. We continue to provide for the needs of those persons who are still requesting bedding. These mattresses and donations by Flow today will go a long way to alleviate some discomfort and I would like to again express my sincere thanks to Mr. Hull and his team for this donation today.”
Hull said that the aftermath of the eruption remains a severe humanitarian challenge for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Flow and Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation remains standing with the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,”, Hull said, adding that the donation will go a long way to assist the displaced citizens from the Red Zones and those who are still in need.
“I would like to thank the Director of NEMO and her office for continuing to manage the humanitarian crisis here in St. Vincent and protecting the lives of every citizen. I wish to encourage them to keep up the good work as we seek to rebuild St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Hull said.
He added that Flow will be launching new budget-friendly data plans to help students and educators stay connected to online learning platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Flow Study for Free.
In addition to the contributions his team and the CWCF has made, Flow will further provide 500 SIM cards to the Ministry of Education for distribution next week, Hull said.
Since the April 9th volcanic eruption, Flow has distributed more than 20,000 litres of drinking water to the Vincentian public, provided the customer base with free credit, free data, and suspended billing for customers within affected Red Zone communities.