European Volunteers for Response of Emergencies in the Caribbean

All people live on the same planet

“All people live on the same planet”  and in emergency there are not borders
for solidarity, tells us Victoria, a  (National Disaster Management Agency) NADMA’s staff lady                                                                                                  just before greet all of us with a warmest hug.

Those words sounds on our heads returning to the hotel,
meanwhile a wonderful sunset remarks the end of our stay on the spice
island.

Why people becomes volunteer?

The answer, as volunteers ourselves, it
would seem simple, but it isn’t at all.
Lots of reasons pushing a man, a woman, young people to devote part of
their lives to the others, to the community and especially to strange people…                                                                                                          “all people live on the same planet”, as Victoria said.

A Mike Meranski’s song about Grenada, titled “That’s Ivan” says ”                                                                                                                                  “it took houses old

goodbye Grenada, we’ll miss you!

Saturday morning was a kind of sad morning, when we realized, that it was really our departure-day from Grenada. It was a wonderful and great experience for the whole EVRECA-Assessment-Team. We came as strangers and left as friends. The beauty of the various landscapes as well as the warm-hearted encounters with local peoplemade a deep impression on our team again and again. We were able to do a lot and even if our working days were really long, this last day yesterday came far too early. Grenada is a nation with many needs in regard to disaster management and disaster risk reduction issues. From the first meeting last Monday to the last one yesterday we felt the strong desire of everyone we met to strengthen the local disaster management system. Volunteer management was one of the main issues evidenced by nearly everyone we met, from authorities to the single volunteer. Feeling the big support from various local authorities, especially the team from NaDMA, the challenges could be rather easily changed into opportunities and concrete steps. EU Aid Volunteers to strengthen the volunteering system in Grenada or maybe in the whole Caribbean Region sounds great, doesn’t it? And yes, all of us would love to come back as EU Aid Volunteer one day. But as pictures show much more than words, lets have a look on some impressions of our week in Grenada.

 

First day, first impressions

First day, first impressions and a really good feeling Our first day of the assessment mission in Grenada is over and I can say that it was a really good and successful day. Two of us – Laura and Davide – reached the team with one day of delay due to problems with cancelled flights from Italy to London. So we can say that the start was somehow bumpy but at the end everything went well. We met our Caribbean friends, partner and most important stakeholder: Mr. Terence Walters and his Team of NaDMA. After a fruitful meeting, where lots of questions came up, we went to a press conference organized by NaDMA about our EU Aid Volunteer pilot project EVRECA. After a little break we went to the headquarter of the Grenadian Red Cross to talk about training needs and their possible role to be a certified hosting organisation for future EU Aid Volunteers missions. We felt a great interest in the EVRECA-project and the meeting was impressive and enjoyable. The last meeting finally brought us to the community of Saint Andrews from Greenville, the second-largest town on the island. We were invited to meet the district team of Saint Andrews South East. And we were overwhelmed by the cordiality and the friendliness we found within the school facilities of Saint Andrews.

The outcome was great and we felt the intention and the desire to develop some results together.
Good first day. And it’s a good feeling to be part of the EU Aid Volunteer Initiative.