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Habitat TT seeking $$, materials to rebuild

Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago (HFHTT) is appealing for money and hardware items to help rebuild Caribbean countries whose infrastructure was destroyed by Hurricane Irma September 5.

A release issued by HFHTT said according to UNICEF, about 20,000 children were affected and more than 130 schools beyond repair across Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos. Although relief supplies were beginning to come in, the immediate need was immense and the long-term recovery had only just begun.

HFHTT appealed for deposits via its donation page– and direct deposit RBL Account# 180482534101. It had received specific requests for hardware supplies for the first phase of the recovery and members of the public can email, to donate: dressed pitch pine: 4 × 4 × 12, 2 × 6 × 12, 2 × 8 × 16, 2 × 8 × 12, concrete blocks; steel (1/2 and 3/4 inch); rolls of binding wire; cement; 3/8 inch and 5/8 inch treated plywood; oil-based primer; galvanized roofing sheets: 24 gauge; windows: 4 ft × 4 ft, 3 ft × 3 ft and 2 ft × 2 ft; doors: 28 in, 32 in and 36 in × 80 in; and generators.

To find out about more items on the list, or to offer skills and expertise that will be needed in the recovery work, members of the public can email or

HFHTT has helped thousands construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes since 1997. It has supported a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. Training is provided in financial management, technical and life skills, housing initiatives and disaster-risk-reduction programmes.- LPG