UWI Rallies Relief for SVG

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. Monday, April 12, 2021 — Amid the series of eruptions from the La Soufrière volcano, parts of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and neighbouring islands have been blanketed in ash and smoke since April 9. To provide support and relief to those affected, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is mobilising its resources and expertise.

Consistent with its traditional emergency assistance protocols, The UWI is activating a two-phased approach to the response. The first phase is a rapid response in the deployment of relief aid and experts to assist in the areas of greatest need, in close coordination with the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and its National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO). The second phase concentrates on the mobilisation of expertise in the rehabilitation response.

In this immediate phase, The UWI encourages its staff, students, alumni, friends and partners to join in contributing financial resources with special priority towards healthcare, education and displaced students left vulnerable following the eruption of the La Soufrière Volcano.

The University has coordinated three primary ways to give:

  1. 1. The UWI Alumni Online donation platform -- https://www.uwi.edu/alumnionline/RallyRoundSVG
  2. 2. The UWI Open Campus Bank Account (EC$)

    CIBC Open Campus Disaster Relief Fund
    Account number: 106933692
    P.O. Box 28 St. John's, Antigua
    Tel: 268-480-5000 Fax: 268-480-5140/1

    The UWI Open Campus Bank Account (US$) CIBC Account: 10424000
    Correspondent Bank: Wells Fargo Bank, New York
    ABA Code: 026005092
    Beneficiary Bank: First Caribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited
    Beneficiary: Beneficiary Account Name (THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES)
    Beneficiary Account Number: (10424000)

  3. 3. The American Foundation for The UWI (for North American donations)

    Via www.afuwi.org. Please note Saint Vincent and the Grenadines next to "Add special instructions to the seller
    Pledge via mobile phone by texting DONATE (all caps) to 1 864 402 8943

    Send a cheque by mail - Make payable to American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI). Kindly write St Vincent Donation in the memo section.

    Mail to:
    The Director
    American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI)
    767 Third Avenue, Suite 301
    New York, NY 10017

    N.B. AFUWI is a 501(c) 3 registered charity organization in the USA. All donations will be acknowledged in writing and will be eligible for IRS Tax deduction to the full extent of US state and federal laws.

  4. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has assured the regional University’s continued commitment and readiness to provide technical capacity and general support as required.

    Since December 2020 when activity on the volcano was first detected, scientists from The UWI’s Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) have been deployed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Teams on rotation are conducting ongoing monitoring and their updates have been critical to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ planning, activation of alert levels, evacuation and other decision-making in the emergency management process. Learn more at www.uwi.edu/RallyRoundSVG


Updates on activity at La Soufrière Volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are available via The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) social media platforms on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uwiseismic and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/uwiseismic and via UWItv at www.uwitv.org or www.facebook.com/UWITV

About The UWI

For 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership, and in 2018 it marks its evolution from a university college in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to a respected regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with sister universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, and the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies. The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.

Since The UWI was established 70 years ago, the University began its journey to excellence within the context of Caribbean colonialism, and has sought to break free of the imperial scaffold while propelling the Caribbean world into the era of national independence and nation-building. As a uniquely developed federal university funded by 17 Caribbean national communities, The UWI has pursued an agenda to be academically excellent and socially ethical.

Website: www.uwi.edu. (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)