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UWI Rallies Relief for SVG

For Release Upon Receipt - April 14, 2021

St. Augustine

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 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 has activated 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.

Donations can be made via:

The UWI St. Augustine Campus

1.      The Online Donation Platform


2.      Republic Bank Limited

TTD Deposits – RBL UWI Disaster Relief Account Number 180482532501

USD Deposits- RBL FOREX Account Number 000211010635



        1. The UWI Alumni Online donation platform


        2. The UWI Open Campus Bank Accounts

EC - CIBC Open Campus Disaster Relief Fund Account Number: 106933692


Address: Old Parham Road Branch, P.O. Box 28 St. John's, Antigua. Tel: 1-268-480-5000 Fax: 1-268-480-5140/1


USD - CIBC Account Number: 10424000

Correspondent Bank: Wells Fargo Bank, New York


ABA Code: 026005092

Beneficiary Bank: First Caribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited


Beneficiary Account Name: The University of the West Indies

Beneficiary Account Number: 10424000


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

Via 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.


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.

Scientists from The UWI’s Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) in St. Augustine have been deployed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines since December 2020 when activity on the volcano was first detected. 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.




About The UWI 

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). 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. As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy.

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of “The”)