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Barbuda Resilience Fund

by International Community Foundation
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund

In 2020, the International Community Foundation's Barbuda Resiliency Fund made a general opperations grant of 24k (usd) to the BarbudaGo team for ongoing capacity building and institutional strengthening. With a vision to energize community to continue to be progressive, adaptive, vibrant and resilient, the BarbudanGo team continues to advance their work on the island. 

Activities in 2020 focused on mitigating COVID-19. BarbudanGO partnered with like minded community groups to launch the #stopthespreadtogether campaign. Together with the Be Foundation, Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (Barbuda Branch), Barbuda Channel along with Barbuda Local Council, the collaboration supported the local health institution, provided for the most vulnerable, energised and informed the community and focused on making the community feel safe, protected, connected, and comfortable.

"BarbudanGO truly believes that establishing relationships with partners who hold compatible core values is key to building the necessary strengths and the camaraderie needed to grow as an organisation, incite vision, and serve. That is why the GO team welcomes our new volunteer core and new partners who have joined us to enhance barbudanGO's visibility - locally and internationally - to establish an operational base in 2021 and implement our five year strategic plan to action the five pillars of community: culture, history, education, environmental preservation and disaster mitigation."

The International Community has been a proud partner of this work and will continue to support the BarbudanGo team in their efforts to strengthen community for Barbuda. We are especially excited to see that BarbudanGO has made a committment to become a more climate-smart and green-friendly organisation in keeping with Barbuda’s incredibly unique and much loved natural environment.

Thank you to the GlobalGiving network for your ongoing support to local nonprofits of Barbuda! The International Community Foundation has been able to leverage your contributuons into even more support for local organizations and we will continue to do so. 

Help us keep Barbuda strong! 

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In March 2020, the Barbuda Resilience Fund held at the International Community Foundation sent $5,000 grants to BarbudanGO, Be Foundation, and the Youth Media Apprenticeship Program to help Barbudans prepare for COVID19.

BarbudanGo and Be Foundation are two local nonprofits that emerged after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The mission of the BarbudanGO is to:

  • Operate as an umbrella organization to give individuals andl groups access to apply for grants.
  • Provide alternative education programs.
  • Strengthen and preserve Barbuda’s history and culture.
  • Make Barbuda more prepared for disasters.

The 5k grant supported the BarbudanGo team in working directly with the Barbudan Council to increase public health and safety awareness on the island. Funding helped purchase supplies for the local hospital and also supported a public awareness campaign where youth and adults participated in a pandemic song writing contest.

BarbudanGo also serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Youth Media Apprenticeship Program who run the only local news station in Barbuda and who have been a critical local source for information and resources. The 5k grant was used to help the Youth Media team broadcast daily COVID 19 updates, trainings and other interviews that all helped to connect local community efforts in fighting the pandemic.

The mission of the Be Foundation is to:

  • Empower the voices of Barbudans to advocate for social change.
  • Identify global opportunities for community involvement.
  • Engage organizations, community leaders, citizens to ensure authentic participation and shared decision-making.
  • Fundraising and resource mobilization.

With the 5k grant, the Be Foundation team was able to continue advancing their local farming program. Most of the food on the island is imported, which leaves Barbudans particularly vulnerable during this critical time. This program is geared towards building the resiliency of Barbudans to grow their own food. During the International Community Foundation's visit in late February there were 10 new local farmers. 

As we are writing this update Barbuda continues to prepare for hurricane season. Tropical storm warnings called for a lockdown on August 21st. At the same time, Barbudans are pushing back against the destruction of Palmetto Point which is part of the Codrington National Lagoon Reserve and an internationally recognized Ramsar site.   

The International Community Foundation team is grateful to everyone who has supported the Barbudan Resilience Fund. Incoming donations will continue to support capacity building for these NGO's who are passionate and commited to Barbuda and it's people. 

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With help from YOU ALL through the GlobalGiving platform, the International Community Foundation has provided three 5k general support grants to help Barbuda prepare for AND emerge strong from the COVID 19 pandemic. The island remains on lockdown with an enforced curfew from 6pm-6am and supplies arriving once a week by boat. The three organizations below are working to keep Barbuda resilient during this difficult time.

BarbudanGo is one of two local nonprofits that emerged after Hurricane Irma in 2017 after recognizing the need for the continued development and ongoing strengthening of civil society on Barbuda. Their mission is to operate as an umbrella organization to give individuals and small unregistered informal groups access to grants; provide alternative education programs; strengthen and preserve Barbuda’s history and culture; and make Barbuda more prepared for disasters. This rapid response grant will enable the BarbudanGo team to increase public health and safety awareness on the island, provide the local hospital with essential supplies, and work directly with the Barbudan Council on recovery efforts. 

Be Foundation is the second local nonprofit that emerged after Hurricane Irma with the following goals: Empower the voices of Barbudans to advocate for social change; identify global opportunities for community involvement; engage organizations, community leaders, and citizens to ensure authentic participation and shared decision-making; and increased resource mobilization. This grant will enable the Be Foundation team to continue to advance their local farming program. Most of the food on the island is imported which leaves Barbudans particularly vulnerable during this critical time. Increasing local capacity for growing food in home gardens could be a game changer for many families. During ICF's recent site visit to Barbuda in late February there were 10 new local farmers who were regularly participating in this program.

The third rapid response grant is for the Abundant Life Youth Media Apprenticeship Program who run the only local news station on Barbuda and are a critical local source of information and resources. Originally organized to assist youth venture into the field of media, the program has demonstrated how it can improve reading, research, and public speaking skills. Youth are now leading on every aspect of video production and are reporting on relevant local news and current events. The team has been very actively broadcasting COVID 19 updates for the local and global community. BarbudanGo is the fiscal sponsor for this project.

THANK YOU for continuing to give to Barbuda!

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We are now more than halfway through the grantperiod for the Barbuda Community Grants! Amazing work is underway and a few of the projects have already been completed. The International Community Foundation will be visiting Barbuda in February to learn first hand about the progress. We are also interested in finding out more about ongoing challeges and additional opportunities to support Barbudans. Stay tuned for more detailed updates on the below community projects coming soon! 

BarbudanGO Water Harvesting Initiative (20k). Provides 400-gallon water tanks, spouting systems, and fittings to Barbudan households to increase their access to potable water.          

BE Foundation's Organic Farming Project (20k). Introduces organic farming principles and food waste management systems to youth alongside traditional produce farmers. Barbudans will "house" community gardens in their homes using a research-based, community-led framework designed by students. 

Media Apprenticeship Program (15k). Trains young Barbudans in the area of broadcasting with the objective of documenting local stories, histories, experiences of Hurricane Irma, and restarting local news updates. 

Barbuda Research Complex - Historic Well Water Restoration and Resilience (20k). Restores historic wells to increase resilience of the local community against natural disasters. 

Youth Afterschool Center (25k). Provides 6 afterschool enrichment programs to 50 children below the age of 16 (Mon-Sat). 

Bonnie Floyd Ministries - Interior Home Reconstruction (20k). Reconstructs the interior of homes that were deeply damaged by the hurricane. 

Fish N' Fins Ocean Camp  (15k). A 5-day summer camp for 60 Barbudan youth that involves ocean-themed games, swim lessons, snorkeling, marine ecology lectures, and 'edVenture day'. 

Rebuild Barbuda - Roof Repair for the Elderly (20k). Repairs roofs of the most vulnerable residents in Barbuda, as many elders have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Barbudaful.net - Website Update and Maintenance (7k). Maintains the only website focused on Barbuda with an average of 21k unique views per year. 

Community Charitable Ministry- Small Business Grants Program (20k). Helps to rebuild local economy through 20 small businesses grants for rebuilding and recovery.

Thank you for your continued support to Barbuda and its people through these community projects. Your contribution matters and we are so grateful!  

 

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Dear supporters and friends of Barbuda's recovery efforts,

The International Community Foundation is pleased to share that, as you most likely already know, Barbuda is open for business! Since we last reported, several more local businesses have come back online and new ones are emerging. Barbudan made and led projects are well underway and include a focus on youth development, clean water access, food security, home repair and reconstruction, historical preservation, and small business development. In additon to the ten community led projects that we have supported over the last 6 months, two new nonprofits have emerged, having recently recieved their chraitable status.

Both BarbudanGo and the BE Foundation are committed to strengthening Barbuda and it's people.The International Community Foundation is committe to helping build the capacity of these two new nonprofits. They provide the ability to serve as amplifiers of local acheivement and can provide the local community with both technical and adaptive suppport. Young Barbudans are stepping into their own and are creating exciting possibilites for their Carribean Island. If you have not been to Barbuda recently, you should go back. And if you have never been before, you must go. ICF will be returing there this spring to meet with community leaders and report on the progrss of the projects. We invite you to join us!     

Here are the 10 community made and led projects that, with your help, the International Community Foundation is supporting:

BarbudanGO Water Harvesting Initiative (20k). Provides 400-gallon water tanks, spouting systems, and fittings to Barbudan households to increase their access to potable water.          

BE Foundation's Organic Farming Project (20k). Introduces organic farming principles and food waste management systems to youth alongside traditional produce farmers. Barbudans will "house" community gardens in their homes using a research-based, community-led framework designed by students. 

Media Apprenticeship Program (15k). Trains young Barbudans in the area of broadcasting with the objective of documenting local stories, histories, experiences of Hurricane Irma, and restarting local news updates. 

Barbuda Research Complex - Historic Well Water Restoration and Resilience (20k). Restores historic wells to increase resilience of the local community against natural disasters. 

Youth Afterschool Center (25k). Provides 6 afterschool enrichment programs to 50 children below the age of 16 (Mon-Sat). 

Bonnie Floyd Ministries - Interior Home Reconstruction (20k). Reconstructs the interior of homes that were deeply damaged by the hurricane. 

Fish N' Fins Ocean Camp  (15k). A 5-day summer camp for 60 Barbudan youth that involves ocean-themed games, swim lessons, snorkeling, marine ecology lectures, and 'edVenture day'. 

Rebuild Barbuda - Roof Repair for the Elderly (20k). Repairs roofs of the most vulnerable residents in Barbuda, as many elders have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Barbudaful.net - Website Update and Maintenance (7k). Maintains the only website focused on Barbuda with an average of 21k unique views per year. 

Community Charitable Ministry- Small Business Grants Program (20k). Helps to rebuild local economy through 20 small businesses grants for rebuilding and recovery.

 

 

 

 

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