New York Humanitarian group helps Trinidad Victims of Bret

New York Humanitarian group helps Trinidad Victims of Bret

July 13, 2017

Last Saturday, the "Helping Hands," a non-profit organization from New York City began the distribution of critical building materials to victims of the recent Tropical Storm Bret.

Nationals living in New York City, reading of and seeing the devastation to the homes and lives of the people in Trinidad and Tobago came together to raise funds to help those in need.

This was further strengthened by a collaborative effort with the Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal.

During the first presentation of building materials to those who were most affected by the aftermath of Bret, Dr Moonilal noted that "We got help from New York before we got help from Port of Spain."

He further thanked the “Helping Hands” organization of Queens, New York for the Humanitarian aid to the people of Debe, Penal and surrounding areas in the aftermath of flood damage from Bret, adding "today we distributed critical building materials to several devastated families in the region. I extend special gratitude to Ricardo Baboolal who came down to visit the affected areas from New York.”

Dr Moonilal said that this initiative by members of our Diaspora based in New York City is the example of international help that UNC’s Political Leader and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar spoke about at the UNC retreat on June 24 in Debe.

During the height of Bret, Persad-Bissessar had activated the Party’s disaster management systems and all UNC MPs, Councillors and Aldermen were out in their various constituencies surveying the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret and offering assistance to those whose homes  were flooded out and those whose crops and livestock were lost.

Even today, some three weeks after Bret, the citizens of these communities are still trying to recover from the unprecedented and extensive damage caused by flooding from overflowing rivers and the heavy rains from this Tropical Storm.

Dr Moonilal was full of praise for the donation and thanked the organizers of the New York initiative for their generosity.

On Saturday July 15, this humanitarian mission continues in the Debe area with further donations from the New York based organization.