BVI's Emergency Employment Programme Provides Hope

 Photo Credit: UNDP Barbados & the OECS

In September 2017, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was subjected to two category 5 hurricanes. Hurricane Irma, the first, being the most powerful hurricane recorded over the Atlantic, caused massive destruction across the small island developing state.  The situation further deteriorated as Hurricane Maria hit the country less than two weeks later. 

In response to the needs of impacted communities, The Government of the British Virgin Islands through the Department of Waste Management with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated an Emergency Employment Programme for impacted families, funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Through this initiative, residents directly benefited from the emergency employment programme in  debris and waste management activities across four islands in the BVI: Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada. Read more >>>