Local education officials are determined to get children back into class as soon as possible and Team Rubicon has been collaborating with the islands’ education ministry to help in this vital task. Many of the schools that are being repaired will take in pupils whose schools have suffered more severe damage.
Officials have described the passage of two such massive storms in such quick succession as unprecedented. The scale of the devastation prompted Team Rubicon UK to expand its initial operation by sending 38 volunteers, including veterans and emergency responders, to the region on 20 September, making this our largest operation to date.
“Any bookshelves or cupboards, which hadn’t been thrown around and spat out in some mangled form were drenched, growing mould and totally unusable. From now on this school can only get better and the impact for the community was felt beyond bricks and mortar.” TR volunteer Lizzy StilemanTeam Rubicon UK and Serve On volunteers assessed damage to the Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary school in North Sound which caters for over 200 children. The school’s roof was torn off during Hurricane Irma and the building was pounded again during Hurricane Maria. Four volunteers worked alongside locals to fill three 30-foot skips with debris, including soaked and shredded school books, roofing material, children’s reports, chairs, musical instruments and toys.