Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund

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Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund
Photo: Perry Institute
Photo: Perry Institute

Since the launch of our Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund immediately following the 2019 storm, your generosity has made an incredible difference. Collectively, you and more than 15,000 other people and companies came together to raise $3.5 million over the past three and a half years in support of local, vetted nonprofits in the Bahamas.

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, Hurricane Dorian left tens of thousands of people without safe and reliable shelter, destroyed livelihoods, and caused billions of dollars in damages. Tragically, Hurricane Dorian was just one on a long list of devastating hurricanes to strike the Caribbean recently as the climate crisis drives more extreme and more frequent weather events. In addition, communities affected by the storm had little time to begin the recovery process before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

You have shown that you will stand by communities and fuel immediate relief, long-term recovery, and resilience in the Bahamas. Thank you.

After more than three years of continued support to our nonprofit partner community based in and working in the Bahamas, GlobalGiving is now closing our Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund. As we close this fund, I’d like to share three incredible highlights that are a direct result of your gift: 

  1. Twenty-five vetted nonprofit organizations received flexible, trust-based grants from the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund. This funding allowed these GlobalGiving partner organizations to accomplish so much incredible work in support of communities affected by the storm. This work includes things like distributing emergency food, water, and hygiene kits in the immediate aftermath of the storm, cleaning up tons of debris on land and underwater, rebuilding hundreds of homes, providing psychosocial support to survivors, restoring key environmental resources, and investing in long-term disaster preparedness. You can learn more about some of these organizations and their work in this engaging photo essay.

  2. GlobalGiving deepened trusted relationships with our existing community of nonprofit partners working in and based in the Bahamas. At the same time, we welcomed nearly 10 new Bahamian partner organizations into our nonprofit community, like Hands for Hunger and the One Eleuthera Foundation. Given the Bahamas’ increased vulnerability to natural hazard events like hurricanes, it is important for GlobalGiving to have an active, interconnected community of partners in the country led by Bahamian nonprofit leaders. Local organizations understand the needs of their communities better than anyone else, and in the aftermath of a disaster, they should never be overlooked and underfunded.

  3. Hurricane Dorian demonstrated the vital need to invest in long-term environmental resilience. With funding from GlobalGiving, our partners at the Perry Institute, Friends of the Environment, and Abaco Strong are advancing nature-based, evidence-based solutions that will create an equitable future where all Bahamians can benefit from the promise of a healthy environment that is as resilient as possible to future storms and other hazards. 

Though we are closing this fund, our nonprofit partners in the Bahamas remain hard at work. They will need your support and solidarity to continue the long journey to full recovery. 

You can stay connected with our work through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our Learn Library, where we regularly share stories about the incredible impact of the powerful GlobalGiving community. If you haven’t already, subscribe to get periodic email updates from our team here.

From everyone at GlobalGiving, thank you. Your generosity has powered community-led disaster recovery in the Bahamas.

With immense gratitude,

Kyra + GlobalGiving Team

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We can’t say it enough—thank you for your donation to the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund

We are grateful for your continued support of the Bahamian people during this incredibly long and difficult recovery period. And we are excited to update you on how your donation continues to make a difference.

Most recently, your donation helped deliver crucial mental health, anti-violence, and psychosocial support to hurricane survivors. This included grants to:

  • Project HOPE, which expanded its mental health, anti-domestic violence, and community healthcare worker programs by training more volunteers to raise awareness of organizational resources in local communities. Project HOPE also set up a 24-hour survivor hotline and employed an Office Administrator to lead their recovery work in the Abaco Islands. 
  • Bahamas Crisis Centre, which strengthened its mental health projects across the country. This included extending its counseling sessions to more individuals and spreading awareness of domestic violence trends that spiked in the aftermath of the disaster.

Your support of the GlobalGiving Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund is advancing community-led responses. It is also ensuring critical resources arrive in these islands, which helps communities survive now and build their resilience for the future.

With gratitude,

Kyra + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo: Albaco Strong
Photo: Albaco Strong

This May, the Abaco Strong team received its first grant from the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund. The grant supported community-led efforts to repair and rebuild safe homes in Treasure Cay. Executive Director Martha Fleury’s enthusiasm for her community’s recovery and GlobalGiving’s partnership inspired her to post an additional project, “Bring Youth Baseball back to Abaco,” on behalf of the grassroots Abaco Youth Baseball league.

The Youth Baseball project was well underway in 2019, but the devastating impacts of Hurricane Dorian interrupted their progress.  Despite the obstacles, the spirits of the coaches and parents were not dampened—neither was the spirit of generosity of fans. Within six weeks, donors from around the world surpassed the $25,000 fundraising goal and donated baseball equipment through an Amazon Wish List! 

“Having spent years as a visitor and part-time resident, I realize the devastating effects Dorian has had, and how sports can help bring a community together.”— Anonymous Donor

In the wake of disasters, communities turn to sports as an outlet of hope and togetherness. GlobalGiving is proud to support organizations like Abaco Strong who continue to make a meaningful impact in their communities.

That sounds like a grand slam to us!

With Gratitude,

Donna + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo from Lend a Hand Bahamas
Photo from Lend a Hand Bahamas

The twin challenges of Hurricane Dorian recovery and COVID-19 on an island nation are daunting. But longtime GlobalGiving partner Lend A Hand Bahamas rose to the challenge. See how they’ve kept up with the ever-changing challenges of the past year:

  • In March 2020, Lend a Hand began distributing food packages to hundreds of families.  As the pandemic continued, unemployment rates skyrocketed in the tourism-dominated country. By the end of 2020, Lend a Hand was feeding more than 50,000 people weekly in Nassau.
  • Lend a Hand has since scaled back to focus on feeding about 20,000 residents monthly, largely those who belong to underserved communities, including the elderly and immigrant communities still recovering from the 2019 hurricane.
  • Lend a Hand resumed their youth education and vocational training programs and are currently establishing an urban farming program to address both food security and economic development. 

“In the last 18 months, more members of our community have come to count on Lend a Hand as a trusted resource, Mitsy Burrows, Executive Director of Lend A Hand Bahamas, said.  “We are optimistic about the future and our opportunity to expand our programs with the help of our donors.”  

This is only one example of how your donation had made a real difference for people like The Bahamas. Thank you for making this work possible

But despite the amazing success of our partners like Lend a Hand, there is still much work to be done. By signing up for a monthly donation to the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund or supporting one of our Bahamian partners, you can help us continue supporting recovery efforts that last.

With gratitude,
Donna Callejon + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Lend a Hand Bahamas
Photo from Lend a Hand Bahamas
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From Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization
From Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization

The past 15 months have been rough for the folks on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. When I traveled there in January, new signs of life were emerging—rebuilt homes, new job prospects, and reinvigorated farmers tending to their businesses. Then COVID-19 forced a nationwide shutdown, exacerbating the challenges of daily life, much less rebuilding.

Throughout these challenging times, however, both local and international organizations have worked to make good on their commitments to the people and natural habitat of Abaco and its marine communities. As in most parts of the world, outdoor work is safer than indoor, and thanks to your generosity we have recently made grants from the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund to three unique organizations:

  • World Central Kitchen is probably a familiar name at this point. The globally recognized nonprofit founded by Chef Jose Andres has been everywhere—from Nepal to Japan, California to Guatemala—feeding those in need. What you might not know is that in addition to being an emergency response meal-providing juggernaut, WCK also has long-term Food Producer Networks, one of which is in Abaco. They’re supporting the farmers, fishers, and small food-related businesses of Abaco with direct grants to help them rebuild their operations and get back to their pre-Dorian production levels and beyond. They are working with the grantees, chefs, restaurants, food sellers, community organizations, and the Bahamian Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to build a stronger and more sustainable food economy in times of calm, and a more resilient food system in preparation for the next disaster.
  • The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization is hard at work keeping some of the world’s most prolific marine environments alive. The bottlenose dolphins are one of many marine mammals that were threatened by Dorian’s wrath and the subsequent oil spill. Because of donors like you, the 30-year old organization recently acquired a new research vessel to monitor the health impacts of the storm and document the benefits of reduced marine noise. This will help increase the resilience of the Sea of Abaco’s bottlenose dolphins, contributing to population growth in the wider Abaco region. Establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) is one of the greatest defenses against climate change and will boost the health of the entire aquatic ecosystem so these beautiful species can swim freely for years to come.
  • All Hands and Hearts (AHAH), a long-time GlobalGiving partner, is finally back in action after being forced to evacuate Abaco earlier this year due to COVID-19. After months of painstaking waiting, the guidelines for operating in the field were developed and AHAH could finally re-establish its base in Marsh Harbor and welcome its first round of volunteers in September. In October, Central Abaco Primary (the largest elementary school on the island) reopened to students and teachers in a fully mucked, gutted, cleaned, and refurbished facility thanks to the relentless efforts of team lead Chloe Forman, the AHAH staff, and their determined volunteers.

Our partners are amazing!

Thank you for generously supporting community-led relief efforts that assist these incredible projects and countless other partners in The Bahamas and beyond. In the upcoming months, we'll continue reporting on how your donations are providing continued investment in the rebuilding of livelihoods in The Bahamas.

With Gratitude,
Donna & the GlobalGiving Team

From Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization
From Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization
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