On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in The Bahamas with wind speeds in excess of 185mph. This project will support AHAH's long-term relief efforts in the Bahamas, as we work to help under-resourced and heavily impacted communities recover from this devastating storm. Our team of compassionate volunteers began work on October 1st and will continue working for 2+ years to make sure full recovery is a reality for the children and families we serve.
After striking the Bahamas, Dorian's traveling speed slowed to 1 mph over Grand Bahama, prolonging the island's exposure to life-threatening storm surges of 18-23 feet. Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record for the Bahamas and has tied a record for the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall, leaving the homes, schools, medical clinics, and other critical infrastructure either heavily damaged or destroyed altogether.
We're committed to performing continuous work for the next 2+ years, with an immediate focus on response capacity in some of the hardest-hit areas. Our long-term recovery program will target reconstruction in schools and critical community infrastructure (e.g. health clinics). We are excited to announce that we will also begin working on homes in this phase. By coordinating with local agencies and groups, and listening to survivors, we will build hope and resilience in affected communities.
Our goal is to stay as long as our skills are needed. We have extensive experience in making resilient repairs to homes, schools and other structures; therefore, the more communities that we can reach simply means more communities getting the help and resources they need to move towards a bright and safe future. Your support of our efforts makes this possible - for the next two years and beyond!
All Hands and Hearts - Hurricane Dorian Relief