Lesser Antilles

Young people participate in community clean up activities as part of a disaster risk reduction project. Photo courtesy of Caritas Grenada

Young people participate in community clean up activities as part of a disaster risk reduction project. Photo courtesy of Caritas Grenada

Islands in the Caribbean are regularly affected by hurricanes. From 1944-2010, there was a total of 675 storms in the Eastern Caribbean (including all of the Lesser Antilles) and the Western Caribbean (Greater Antilles including Cuba, Jamaica and Dominican Republic). Twenty two of those storms were massive Level-5 hurricanes. Hurricane Ivan in 2004 devastated the island of Grenada, killing 37 people, destroying 90 percent of all homes, and obliterating the main crop on the island, nutmeg trees.

 


Stats

Population:Grenada: 109,590 (July 2013 est.)
St. Lucia: 162,781 (July 2013 est.)
Size:Grenada: 133 sq. mi.; twice the size of Washington, DC
St. Lucia: 238 sq. mi.; three and a half times the size of Washington, DC
People Served:Grenada: 1,650 (2012 est.)
St. Lucia: 8,165 (2012 est.)

History

In 2003, Catholic Relief Services Caribbean Zone initiated the Antilles/Eastern Caribbean Initiative to respond to the needs of the independent Caribbean Community countries with the advent of the destructive hurricane season in 2004, when CRS Dominican Republic responded to emergencies throughout the Caribbean. In 2010, the first non-emergency project was started with Caritas Antilles, focused on at-risk youth programming on St. Lucia and Grenada.

Programs

Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
Peacebuilding


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