Photo from Fishing for Families in Need, Inc
Two months after Hurricane Dorian barrelled its way through the Bahamas and onto the banks of North Carolina, thousands of affected individuals are still living in shelters, with thousands of more evacuees displaced around the islands and the U.S. mainland. The GlobalGiving community has matched the storm’s intensity with a strong resolve for recovery—both immediate and long-term.
We are extremely grateful for you and our community of more than 15,000 donors from 97 different countries. Between those who donated to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and those who donated directly to participating projects, you’ve contributed nearly $3 million in support of Hurricane Dorian relief! This week, we are disbursing grants to seven of our high-impact nonprofit partners who are working to address survivors’ needs in the aftermath of the most devastating storm to ever strike the Bahamas.
One of the greatest initial needs felt by victims was for basic supplies such as food, water, and health/hygiene items. Our partner Fishing for Families in Need, Inc. is addressing this issue, as well as stimulating the local market by purchasing all supplies from local vendors. They have already made deliveries to more than 2,000 individuals in Grand Bahama as well as to evacuees in Nassau. With additional funding, they will be working with Lend a Hand Bahamas, a local organization, to establish a long-term capacity to support impacted families.
Executive Director Nicholas C. Metropulos, shares their progress so far:
“We are truly inspired by the outpouring of generosity and we will be working tirelessly to further assist in this relief effort moving forward in these islands as well as with the thousands of evacuees currently in the capital city of Nassau. There is a long road ahead of us, but with your help, WE CAN make a substantial impact in the lives of thousands of Bahamians who have lost so much in the wake of this catastrophe.”
Additionally, our partner All Hands and Hearts has been hard at work ridding affected communities of debris, “mucking and gutting” homes and schools, and performing mold sanitation. During this time of recovery, they are serving up to 75 houses a month as well as working with local groups to clear and clean community spaces. In the following months, they will transition their work into making community structures more resilient.
Immediately following Dorian, first responders faced significant barriers in directing rescue and recovery efforts as a result of the lost communications and internet infrastructure. By installing and supporting internet connections, our partner NetHope, Inc. has enabled first responders to gather vital information on where the most crucial needs lie. With more funds we are issuing this week, NetHope, Inc. will be able to support connectivity to 41 sites, including clinics and other vital community service hubs, across the Bahamas for the next six months.
We are continuing to support our partners that are working tirelessly to offer continued support to the families and individuals that need it most. Thank you for being a part of the community of generous donors contributing to continued recovery and resilience-building.
Donna + the GlobalGiving Team
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