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.