Not all my articles make it into print - Bill Clinton in St. Lucia today
Former US President Bill Clinton announces a new project to help the Caribbean and is currently in the Islands.
On Tuesday former President Bill Clinton held an important Caribbean Hurricane relief meeting with more than 400 government and business leaders from the Caribbean and the US. The relief summit was held to make commitments to help communities impacted by last year’s devastating hurricane season.
Tuesday’s meeting was the second for his Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recover.
The Clinton Foundation issued a press release explaining that the CGI is creating “new, specific, and measurable projects to address critical issues such as disaster preparedness, agricultural production, mental health, energy efficiency, and workforce development. New commitments will aim to assist with immediate needs as well as the long-term recovery and opportunity in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Antigua & Barbuda.”
Following the meeting, the former President left Miami for meetings with political leaders in the Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia.
Today, (August 9, 2018), President Clinton will be in St. Lucia where he will cut the ribbon on a new solar project. Tomorrow Mr. Clinton will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, joined by representatives from Bloomberg, Expedia, and the local government, to make several announcements related to recovery and sustainability.
Some of the Caribbean Accomplishments of the Clinton Foundation’s Direct Relief – Hurricane Relief
· The American Federation of Teachers has partnered with Airlink and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to bring nurses to conduct vision, hearing, and dental screenings for all 9,000 schoolchildren in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
· Following Hurricane Maria, Direct Relief committed to delivering 40 tons of medical aid to local health partners in Puerto Rico.
· Afya Foundation has committed to addressing the urgent medical needs of the elder population in Puerto Rico, by shipping immediate medical supplies and equipment to Elder Care centers,
· Americares has committed to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria by providing training for 5,000 health workers, emergency responders, and social service providers.
· Digicel has committed to repair or rebuild seven schools and 360 homes in Dominica that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
· The Government of Dominica has committed to launch a climate resiliency agency (CREAD), dedicating $600 million in funding to implement resiliency projects, with the goal of making Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world.Bill Clinton - raw footage from St Lucia