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Minister Baksh, NCSH to distribute $3 million in grants to flood victims in Siparia

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The National Commission for Self-Help Limited will hand out 250 Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grants to flood victims in the Siparia constituency of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Tuesday December 21, 2010 at 11:30 am.

Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend the ceremony at the constituency office, where he will deliver the feature address and give out the grants, valued at $3 million. The NCSH will also distribute 60 food hampers each valued at $300, to needy families in the area.

It is the second of three grant distribution ceremonies hosted by the NCSH. The first was held at the Divali Nagar site in Chaguanas on Friday December 17, 2010, when 300 grants were handed out. The final event is tentatively carded for early January 2011 in Tobago, where 60 grants will be distributed in addition to 20 food hampers.

Through the Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grant, the Community Development Ministry, through the NCSH has been able to bring relief to families across Trinidad and Tobago within seven days in instances of damage to homes after a natural disaster. In the past, applicants had to wait several months for assistance.

The National Commission for Self-Help Limited was established by the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 7, 1987 and was registered as a State owned Company on April 14, 1997. The idea of self-help was to encourage communities to rely on the resources available and take charge of themselves. Its objectives are: to provide communities with infrastructural amenities and to educate communities on the values of self-help and self-reliance.

In photo: Operations Manager, NCSH, Waldron Louison ( in centre of picture) oversees distribution of aid to flood victims in south Trinidad.

CREDITS: Information sourced through the NCSH
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development

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