ExxonMobil Donates $10 Million For Guyanese Affected By Hurricane, Over 10,000 Guyanese Affected Between Tortola and St. Maarten

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President David Granger, this morning, said that the Government of Guyana welcomes the $10M donation from ExxonMobil Guyana and their partners Hess and Nexen towards this country’s relief effort for countries affected by the devastating storms during the current Hurricane season, which ends on November 30. The donation was handed over to Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, who holds responsibility for the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) just before the start of this week’s Cabinet meeting at the Ministry of the Presidency today. President Granger said that the Government is grateful for the contribution as it will go a long way towards helping the persons, who have been affected by the hurricanes.

Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs at ExxonMobil Guyana, Ms. Kimberly Brasington said that the company remains supportive of efforts, which can improve the lives of persons, particularly those who have been left in vulnerable positions.  “We are committed to providing support and assistance for disaster relief and recovery efforts to affected Guyanese. We want to do our part help ensure storm victims have the support to recover and rebuild,” she said.

This brings the total donation from corporate Guyana to the cause to $25M. The effort will be further boosted by a Hurricane Relief Concert, which will be held this Saturday at the Durban Park. The concert will feature from Trinidad, artists Patrice Roberts, Ola Tungi and Orlando Octave alongside Guyana’s best performers

Results from the 2010 Virgin Islands Population and Housing Census have shown that 61% of the territory’s population was born overseas, and most expatriates are from Guyana, followed by St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and then Jamaica.

In St Maarten it is estimated that  7000 Guyanese reside on the island which was ravaged by the category 5 hurricane.

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