The state of Grenada, situated in the East Caribbean, consists of the main island of Grenada plus six others islands. Grenada and the two other largest, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, all have an active SVP presence with over 30 conferences in total.
Social changes are producing an increasing proportion of the population who need help as traditional family bonds weaken. This includes the aged, the sick, abused children, victims of addiction, etc. Part of our regular support is assistance towards the “Grans” scheme which assists residents in retirement homes.
The island of Grenada is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Ivan which caused great devastation when it hit in 2004. Livelihoods are predominantly focussed on tourism and agriculture, in particularly spices, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Carriacou and Petit Martinique have no natural water supplies and their inhabitants rely on collecting and storing water during the rainy season. We have been able to help with the supply of plastic storage tanks and the construction of concrete cisterns; initially with a grant from the Big Lottery.
Water storage tanks and a number of other small income generating projects have been funded through the small projects scheme.
The Grenadian members are known for their high level of commitment to the Society and its ideals, for their high level of spirituality, their friendliness, hospitality and generosity.
Grenada made world headlines in 1983 when a split in the governing left-wing party led to the overthrow and execution of the country’s charismatic leader, Maurice Bishop, and provided the pretext for a US invasion of the islands. Set against the background of Grenada’s hitherto peaceful post-independence history, the event highlighted the country’s contradictory character.
From one angle, Grenada has an “exotic” flavour which appeals especially to Westerners. Known as the “Spice Island”, it is the world’s second-largest producer of nutmeg and is a significant producer of mace, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Growth in investment and tourism and a construction boom helped reduce unemployment in the 1990s, but the country was dealt a serious blow in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan swept through killing dozens of people, damaging 90% of the island’s buildings and devastating the nutmeg crop.
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