Red Cross Sint Maarten

Red Cross St. Maarten provides assistance to 73 parents

SIMPSON BAY – The Red Cross St. Maarten Board of Directors is excited to announce that we have successfully implemented a first-time project that provided assistance to 73 households in Sint Maarten. The project dubbed ‘Provision of Baby Essentials to parents in Sint Maarten during the pandemic period’ targeted parents with new-borns and/or infants not older than 2 years. The parents were provided with vouchers worth $160,- to purchase baby essentials at Cost U Less & Benu Pharmacy.

The project was proposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has had severe health, social and economic impact on people in Sint Maarten. Notably, parents with new-borns have been severely exposed because most of them have lost their jobs hence lack the financial resources and resilience necessary to overcome such difficulties. Moreover, more than 50 expectant mothers had visited our Red Cross Sint Maarten office and expressed their need for essential nursing kits such as second-hand clothing for their babies. As a result, Red Cross St. Maarten felt the need to assist the vulnerable population of parents who may have been overlooked.

The project beneficiaries were selected in a seven-day period through an assessment and screening process before the first day of disbursement. The selected parents had the following requirements: persons must reside in Dutch St. Maarten, and present a valid identification and baby book. All registrations were done via the Red Cross Sint Maarten Facebook page in order to practice social distancing at our Simpson Bay location. Red Cross Sint Maarten collaborated with Cost U Less & Benu Pharmacy where the parents used their $160 vouchers to purchase baby essentials. Our aim is to ease the burden of parents who are currently facing financial challenges as a result of the effects of COVID-19.

Red Cross Sint Maarten has joined the rest of the world in responding to the effects of COVID-19 through supporting parents in need of baby essentials. The funds for this project were donated by a local organization, and we would like to welcome more supporters to rally with us by joining our initiative and creating a lasting impact through giving to the vulnerable in our communities.

For more details on how to join us in helping to assist with the vulnerable, please email us stmaartenredcross@gmail.com or call +17215452333.