PHILIPSBURG: Minor repairs and upgrades to hurricane shelters have been completed as part of the Shelter Repairs Activity of the Netherlands financed Sint Maarten Trust Fund.
Enhancements to the 11 shelters in the project included installing new generators, air conditioning units, and above groundwater reservoirs. Missing, broken, or outdated doors, windows, and shutters have also been replaced. Plumbing and electrical works were carried out where necessary.
The Ministers of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI and Public
Health, Social Development and Labor visited several shelters on Wednesday afternoon to
appraise the completed works. The Ministers were hosted by the Director of the National Recovery
Program Bureau, the project implementing unit of the Trust Fund.
During the visits, many of the facility managers expressed appreciation for the upgrades and
shared with the delegation how they have already begun to benefit from the enhancements. One manager said they were still able to host their after-school activities during an electricity outage by utilizing the new generator.
The Sint Maarten Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund is financed by the Government of the
Netherlands, managed by the World Bank, and implemented.