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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

September 2017 - the Caribbean island of Barbuda was hit by Hurricane Irma which ravaged the island with 185mph winds, 15 foot waves, and widespread flooding. The entire population of Barbuda was displaced as nearly all of their homes and infrastructure were destroyed. Emergency rebuilding and recovery efforts have been underway and to date over $800,000 from the Barbuda Resilience Fund at the International Community Foundation has been invested in home reconstruction and repair, transportation, education, and job creation.

Most recently, ICF is thrilled to be working with local leadership to provide the technical and resource support needed for oversight, management, and amplification of community led projects. Our goal is to strengthen local nonprofits and support community leaders working on the ground for the long-term benefit of Barbuda and its people. The below projects range in size and focus. They are all powerful demonstrations of how community leads! 

Abundant Life Ministries Media Apprenticeship Program will train young Barbudans in the area of broadcasting with the objective of documenting local stories/histories,  experiences of Hurricane Irma, restarting the local "News Update" and other current affairs programs.

Barbudaful.netWebsite Update and Maintenance will support the only website focused on Barbuda with an average of 21k unique views per year. 

BarbudanGO Water Harvesting Initiative provides 400-gallon water tanks, spouting systems, and fittings to households to increase access to potable water.

Be Foundation’s Living Off Our Land is an Organic Farming Community Project that introduces organic farming principles and food waste management systems to youth alongside traditional produce farmers. Over 50 Barbudans will "house" community gardens in their homes, using concepts designed through a research-based, grassroots/community-led framework.

Bonnie Floyd Ministries Interior Reconstruction Project will reconstruct the interior of nine homes for Barbudans together with foreign volunteer and local building crews.  

Fish N' Fins Inc. Ocean Camp on Barbuda is a 5-day summer camp for a total of 30 Barbudan youth that involves ocean-themed games, swim lessons, snorkeling, marine ecology lectures, and 'edVenture days'.

The People's Church Small Business Grants Program will help strengthen the local economy with micro-grants to 20 small businesses for recovery and rebuilding efforts.   

Barbuda Research Complex Historic Wells Water Restoration and Resilience Program restores historic wells to increase resilience of the local community against natural disasters. Nine wells will be restored as backup water sources in three phases.

Rebuild Barbuda Roof Repair for the Elderly repairs the roofs of the most vulnerable residents in Barbuda who have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Irma.  

MEPA Trust Youth Afterschool Center provides afterschool enrichment programs to 50 children below the age of 16 (Mon-Sat).

Join us as we continue to raise funding for these important community efforts.

Adelante Barbuda! 

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Estuary
Estuary

It has been almost a year and a half since Hurricane Irma struck the island of Barbuda, damaging 96% of houses and displacing 1,625 people. 155 businesses were forced to shut down, 463 children were left without a school, and 405 vital fishing traps were lost in the fishing-reliant community. However, in this time the people of Barbuda have proved to be strong and resilient in rebuilding their communities.

The Barbuda Resilience Fund at the International Community Foundation (ICF) continues to support sustainable development projects to develop a strong and resilient Barbuda. To date over $500,000 has been invested in home reconstruction and repair, transportation, education, and job creation. Now, as we transition from recovery to resilience, ICF is working with local leadership to continue to advance sustainable development efforts and grow local capacity.

As we approached the start of another grant cycle earlier this year, the ICF team visited Barbuda to meet with local government and to visit 11 sites with community leaders. During the visits we learned of the ongoing challenges and sucesses of rebuilding homes, engaging youth, cleaning up the estuary to bring back wildlife and restore mangroves. The Barbudan community knows what they want and what they need for the wellbeing of their families.   

Over the next year, ICF will work directly with local leaders and local government to support the work of the Barbudan community. This year's grant cycle will deploy over $200,000 to 12 community created and led projects that continue to advance and strengthen the community of Barbuda. These projects include reparation of critical water sources, youth engagement, food security, and support to small local businesses.

To date, donors through GlobalGiving have donated over $11,000 to this amazing cause. And we have been able to grow that money. We greatly appreciate your support to the island of Barbuda.

Fisheries Complex
Fisheries Complex

It has been almost a year and a half since Hurricane Irma struck the island of Barbuda, damaging 96% of houses and displacing 1,625 people. 155 businesses were forced to shut down, 463 children were left without a school, and 405 fishing traps were lost in the fishing-reliant community.

The Barbuda Resilience Fund at the International Community Foundation (ICF) continues to support sustainable development projects on the island with the goal of creating a strong and resilient Barbuda. 

Since the Fund’s inception, the Waitt Foundation, the Waitt Institute and ICF have prioritized sustainable and culturally responsive approaches to redevelopment.

In order to do so, we have:

  • Formed an advisory board of locals to inform and approve programs
  • Maintained strong relations with the government of Antigua & Barbuda and Barbuda Council members
  • Held 3 community meetings to solicit feedback
  • Completed two surveys of 202 Barbudans
  • Hired 2 disaster relief experts to guide strategy
  • Had at least two staff members on the ground at all times

In partnership with over 50 local and international partners, we have employed over 45 locals and created 11 programs to assist in resiliency efforts. We have focused on the themes of island cleanup, home reconnection and repair, transportation, education, restoring fishing livelihoods, and hurricane shutter installation.

ICF is in the midst of another grant cycle to deploy thousands of dollars to resiliency projects in Barbuda. To date, donors through GlobalGiving have donated over $10,000 to the cause. We need your support to help launch more projects and programs.

The people of Barbuda are strong and resilient, and we are excited to continue working alongside them to re-build their communities. Please consider donating to the Barbuda Resilience Fund to support the future of the island.

Sports club - Barbuda
Sports club - Barbuda

September marked one-year since Hurricane Irma devasted the island of Barbuda and it's community. One year after, we are transitioning our focus from recovery to resiliency. Now that the immediate need for emergency response has subsided, we begin to look towards the future of creating a strong and resilient Barbuda. 

To tackle this challenge, the Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust (BRCT) will evolve to become the Barbuda Resilience Fund, this fund will be managed solely by the International Community Foundation (ICF) and focus on supporting the sustainable development of Barbuda. The Waitt Institute will resume its work on ocean conservation through Blue Halo Barbuda, to strengthen management of fisheries and protected areas.

Since the storm, the Waitt team and ICF have been working hand-in-hand to create, administer and implement the BRCT in support of Barbuda. With the Waitt team’s experience working in Barbuda and ICF’s expertise in managing and overseeing international funding, we formed an effective partnership. ICF is excited to increase its role in building new partnerships to support Barbuda.

In this past year the following activies were carried out to respond to the needs of the people:

  1. Small Business Recovery: reopen the first businesses post hurricane
  2. CARE Advocates: conducting psycho-social support activities, including childcare services
  3. Codrington Lagoon Cleanup: hired 22 Barbudans to clean public spaces
  4. UNDP Shelter Debris Program: 600 tons of debris removed
  5. Utilities Reconnection: 231 homes reconnected to utilities
  6. Home Repair: 46 homes were repaired
  7. Ferry Transportation: provided transportation between Antigua and Barbuda
  8. Private Charters: free emergency charters for special ocassions
  9. Booyard Sports Club: 82 children were enrolled in an afterschool sports program
  10. Barbuda Learning Space: employed 11 licensed teachers
  11. Antigua Afterschool Tutoring: 42 students enrolled in the tutoring program
  12. Fisher's Livelihood Recovery: Held a training workshop with 25+ local fishermen on  sustainable trap designs and fishing practices

The people of Barbuda are strong and resilient, and we are excited to continue working hand-in-hand to build strong communities. Please consider donating to the new Barbuda Resilience Fund to continue to support the future of Barbuda.

Barbuda Resilience Fund
Barbuda Resilience Fund

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Roberto and Lincoln
Roberto and Lincoln

July marks the month of homecoming to Barbuda. After Hurricane Irma devasted Barbuda’s housing and infrastructure, many of the 1600 residents who had stayed on the sister island of Antigua for work or schooling are expected to return home. They will find an island that remains severely damaged from 150mph winds that destroyed Barbuda in September 2017. For example, many homes are still without running water or power and the primary school is uninhabitable, requiring alternative learning spaces until a new school is built.

However, the people of Barbuda are strong and resilient. They work hand-in-hand with aid organizations to rebuild their island, one brick at a time. The Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust supports their work through diverse programming that includes education & tutoring, subsidized transportation, reconnecting houses to water and electricity, and working with the local community to build sustainable fish traps. To date, we have tutored over 40 students, connected 150 homes to utilities, subsidized ferry transportation for 150+ trips to Barbuda, and built 100 fish traps to improve local livelihoods.

Leon, pictured second from right, is a local fisherman from Barbuda. He lost all lost all fish and lobster traps during Hurricane Irma. Nevertheless, he was eager to return to Barbuda and make Barbuda a better, more resilient place. BRCT staff met Leon through our Fishers Livelihoods Recovery Program and hired him to spearhead the design and construction of sustainable fish traps. Over the past six months, Leon and his team built over 100 fish traps with biodegradable exits and 1-inch gaps to allow juvenile fish to escape and prevent unwanted fishing. These fish traps, coupled with on-going outreach with the Barbudan fishing community will strengthen local fish stocks and improve the island’s fisheries in the long-term. 

As the Fishers Livelihoods Recovery Program, like many traditional aid and recovery programs, is nearing its end, we will continue to work with the people of Barbuda and local partners to identify most urgent needs and help make Barbuda more resilient. We want to thank our 530+ donors. Your continued support is needed and most appreciated.  

Leon discussing fish trap design
Leon discussing fish trap design
Cleo tutoring Barbudan children
Cleo tutoring Barbudan children
Connecting utilities to Barbudan homes
Connecting utilities to Barbudan homes

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International Community Foundation

Location: National City, CA - USA
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Angelica Leyva
National City, CA United States
$11,542 raised of $100,000 goal
 
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