By Angelica Leyva - ICF Program Officer, Environmental Conservation
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:
Small Business Recovery: reopen the first businesses post hurricane
CARE Advocates: conducting psycho-social support activities, including childcare services
Codrington Lagoon Cleanup: hired 22 Barbudans to clean public spaces
UNDP Shelter Debris Program: 600 tons of debris removed
Utilities Reconnection: 231 homes reconnected to utilities
Home Repair: 46 homes were repaired
Ferry Transportation: provided transportation between Antigua and Barbuda
Private Charters: free emergency charters for special ocassions
Booyard Sports Club: 82 children were enrolled in an afterschool sports program
Antigua Afterschool Tutoring: 42 students enrolled in the tutoring program
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.
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