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 LifeYouth 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.
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