The recent Hurricane Lisa that hit Belize on Nov. 2, 2022, has left behind devastating damages, and several families are still picking up the pieces. With the help of St. Martins, the assistance of DANA (Damage Assessment Needs Analysis) subcommittees of NEMO and CEMO, the parish was able to receive a summary of information collected in the Lake Independence area that categorized four levels of damages. Since the leg work was provided to gather the assessments, the community was able to provide assistance to victims, and the collaboration will help over 250 families.
Sister Kerry and Sister Carlette Gentle assisted with the packing of sacks of beans and sugar to go into hampers for families. Parishioners, volunteers and staff members also came out to make this possible.
The business manager at St. Martins de Porres Parish, Mrs. Garvin, stated, “Knowing that the government will assist with structural repairs and they have provided temporary assistance of canvas, mattress and cleaning supplies, the parish’s focus will be on addressing the gaps. With this in mind our concentration is on level 2-4, which is about 250 families. We are planning to provide sheets, pillows, vitamins, some cleaning supplies (clorox, soap powder), hygiene supplies (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, pad) and groceries (flour, beans, rice, sugar, noodles, canned goods, shortening, sausages, milk.)”
These families were able to pick up these supplies Dec. 20-22.
Information shared by Carlette Gentle, SCN