Canada joins the recovery efforts in San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina

Press Release
November 27, 2020

The Government of Canada announced its support to contribute to the recovery of the Colombian islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, after the impact of tropical storm ETA and hurricane IOTA.

Through the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund with the Canadian Red Cross, CAD 40,000 were allocated to support the immediate relief efforts of the Colombian Red Cross in San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. This is part of the regional effort of the Government of Canada to support the recovery of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala through a CAD 3,7 million contribution.

Likewise, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, a project is being prepared with the Fundación Empresarios por la Educación in order to donate hygiene and cleaning supplies, educational, pedagogical and sports materials, so that children, youth and adolescents of Providencia can stay healthy and continue their learning process during the emergency. The hand out of all these materials and equipment, for an estimated value of CAD 30,000, will be made in coordination with the Ministry of National Education, the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) and other State agencies that are at the forefront emergency management.

Finally, following the call from the Ministry of National Education, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and its employees donated 180 emergency kits, with an estimate value of CAD 6,500.

“We would like to express our solidarity to the population of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. With these projects, we seek to join national, international and private sector efforts to support its population in these difficult times. Today more than ever, joint efforts are being essential to fight against climate change. Its effects are mounting and being increasingly felt by more and more people, especially the most vulnerable, around the world,” commented Ambassador Marcel Lebleu.