Caritas Seeking Aid for Grenada

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 25, 2004 ( Caritas Internationalis has launched an appeal for nearly $400,000 to assist Caritas Antilles’ relief response to extensive hurricane damage on the small Caribbean island of Grenada.

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Caritas Antilles, encompassing the diocese of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Archdiocese of St. Lucia, has distributed food, water, clothing, and other essential items to Grenadians in need.

Single mothers, children and the elderly are the main recipients of aid from Caritas Antilles, who estimate that 7,500 people will benefit from the Caritas Internationalis appeal.

Two months after a hurricane wreaked havoc on Grenada, most of the population remain without electricity and water is in short supply while repairs are being carried out.

Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada in September, killing 38 and injuring 353. About 90% of the island’s 100,000 people were effected by the hurricane, leaving them dependent on emergency aid.

Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations.

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