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Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

by the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Photo from St. Thomas Recovery Team
Photo from St. Thomas Recovery Team

In the year and a half since Hurricane Irma devastated cities and towns across the Caribbean, our nonprofit partners have made tremendous progress leading recovery efforts and improving the resiliency of their communities as they prepare to withstand future natural disasters.

After conducting a Nonprofit Disaster Recovery and Capacity Assessment last year, the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development learned that more than 90% of nonprofits surveyed on the island experienced hurricane-related damage to their facilities. At the same time, nearly 70% of these nonprofits reported an increased demand for their services. In response, the foundation will be supporting a 12-member AmeriCorps VISTA Team that will provide programmatic, technical, research, and outreach assistance to St. Croix's nonprofit community.

Project Promise has taken a holistic approach to disaster recovery on St. Croix over the past year. Their community service projects focused on rebuilding efforts across the island, including planting a grove of coconut trees to aid in the coastline restoration and bringing students from Howard University to the island as part of an alternative spring break program which tackled three rebuilding projects in a single day. They've also provided trauma intervention services to residents still coping with the psychological and emotional trauma experienced during Hurricanes Irma and Maria through their St. Croix Trauma Intervention & Relief Project.

We're happy to share that one of the leaders of our Irma recovery partners, Imani Daniel of the St. Thomas Recovery Team, was selected as a member of the first class of Disaster Feedback Fellows of the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving. She joined nine other fellows from community-based nonprofits to spend a week in Washington, D.C. this past October learning from each other, promoting their disaster recovery projects to peers and funders, and speaking at and attending the 2018 Feedback Summit.

Your generosity has helped make these stories—and so many more—possible. Thank you for supporting community-led disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. We can't wait to share more updates on the impact of your donation in the months to come.


With gratitude,
Will + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Project Promise
Photo from Project Promise

This week marks one year since Hurricane Irma unleashed 160 mph winds and torrential rains across the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The storm claimed more than 100 lives and its catastrophic damage made it the fifth-costliest tropical cyclone in history.

Our community-led nonprofit partners quickly responded, and they've remained hard at work over the past year, striving toward a complete recovery with generous support from GlobalGivers like you. To date, 14,404 of you have raised an incredible $2.9 million to support 12 vetted nonprofits that provided emergency relief in the days and weeks following Hurricane Irma and have now transitioned into long-term recovery work.

To mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma and support crucial ongoing recovery efforts, we're launching a matching campaign that will provide a 100% match to donations to our vetted nonprofit partners continuing to help the people of the Caribbean recover and rebuild.

Since our last report, your donation has provided vital support to a wide range of long-term recovery work, with a focus on repairing and replacing damaged homes, reopening schools, and improving the ability of communities to withstand future storms:

  • Project Promise is repairing and renovating their 1,110 square-foot working classroom and community space that hosts a range of programs serving at-risk youth and their families in St. Croix.
  • St. Croix Foundation for Community Development is organizing a consortium for nonprofits across the Virgin Islands focused on strengthening the sector and expanding its capacity to effectively respond to future natural disasters.
  • In the British Virgin Islands, Team Rubicon Global is rebuilding and outfitting community centers which double as emergency shelters during storms and working to improve coordination between nonprofits and government agencies.
  • Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI)’s Jr. Angels Program is involving youth in local philanthropy, working with them to identify community needs, propose solutions, and explore funding options. CFVI is also coordinating volunteer opportunities for local high school students to provide community service at local nonprofits involved with recovery efforts.
  • On the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, the Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust, with the Waitt Institute and International Community Foundation, is building and installing storm shutters for more than 100 homes, and the Antigua and Barbuda Students Association is rebuilding and repairing damaged schools and stocking their classrooms with new supplies.

Thank you again for your generous support of our Hurricane Irma Relief Fund, and for making the smart decision to donate cash to fund an effective, community-led approach to disaster recovery. We'll be back in your inbox in the coming months with more stories of progress toward a full recovery for people throughout the Caribbean.

Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from CFVI
Photo from CFVI
St. Croix Foundation for Community Development
St. Croix Foundation for Community Development

It’s been nearly eight months since Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, and while first responders from larger NGOs have mostly departed affected areas, the focus of the community-led organizations that remain at work has shifted to long-term recovery. Your generous donation to our Hurricane Irma Relief Fund continues to support those locally driven organizations that understand their community’s needs and are able to effectively lead ongoing recovery efforts.

In this update, I’d like to report on the work of four organizations that your donation has helped fund over the last several months across the Caribbean.

After the St. Croix Montessori School suffered significant damage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development set to work coordinating building repairs and an expansion of the school’s programs to serve an influx of students from across the Virgin Islands. With support from GlobalGiving donors, they’ve been able to repair and reopen the school, run educational workshops for parents, and organize 100 volunteers to build a new playground from recycled downed trees, telephone poles, and tires to provide a beautiful, inspiring place for children in St. Croix to play for years to come.

Fishing for Families in Need partnered with local leaders on the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands to assess the community’s recovery needs and supported repairs to the Gifft Hill School and funded direct micro-grants to affected families.

When natural disasters like Hurricane Irma hit, hygiene and sanitation supplies play a vital role in stopping the spread of disease. Jake’s Diapers has worked with partners in Haiti to deliver more than 4,900 cloth diapers to maternal health clinics, 3,900 disposable diapers for use in neonatal intensive care units, and more than 1,200 adult hygiene supplies to stock a cholera treatment center.

Team Rubicon Global’s volunteer network of military veterans deployed to seven Caribbean islands in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria—some teams arrived as soon as 48 hours after landfall—and delivered emergency supplies and aid to more than 24,000 survivors. In recent months, their teams have returned to the islands to train and equip community volunteers to develop community-level disaster response plans and improve the resilience and sustainability of local infrastructure ahead of future storms. 

Thank you again for your generous support of these and more than a dozen other vetted GlobalGiving partners committed to a full, community-led recovery across the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma. Watch for more stories of progress in your inbox in the coming months!

Rachel + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Team Rubicon
Photo from Team Rubicon

Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest hurricanes seen in the Atlantic. With devastating winds up to 180 mph, the 650 mile-wide storm left a path of destruction across the Caribbean and several states in the mainland U.S. Irma not only devastated homes, schools, and infrastructure—it wreaked havoc on the environment in a region with an abundance of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

Today we’re proud to share four stories from our partners working some of the worst-hit Caribbean communities that demonstrate how your support has fueled recovery efforts focused on environmental restoration and psychosocial support.

  • In the wake of Irma’s destruction, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) is not only rebuilding their headquarters office and staff housing, they’re also resuming their projects protecting plant and wildlife species native only to St. Maarten. EPIC has resumed their environmental presentations and excursions with local schools, educating students on the importance of biodiversity and explaining the hurricane’s far-reaching environmental impact.
  • Team Rubicon volunteers were on the ground just days after Hurricane Irma devastated the region to join search and rescue efforts, but have since shifted their focus to preparing local residents and storm-proofing shelters for future storms. In the British Virgin Islands, Team Rubicon has been collaborating with the city of Tortola’s Ministry of Education to help with debris removal and building plywood classrooms for local schools.
  • Project Promise, a program of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), provides a safe and supportive environment that empowers at-risk youths in St. Croix who’ve experienced trauma due to the storm. Their holistic approach includes trauma-focused group therapy with local licensed professionals, opportunities for creative expression, and yoga as a means of stress relief. Anna Scarbriel from CFVI recently stopped by our D.C. office to meet with our team and speak to our followers in an interview on Facebook Live—check it out!
  • Barbuda Recovery and Conservation Trust is partnering with local agencies supporting animal and habitat recovery efforts, such as the Codrington Lagoon National Park in Barbuda. Their partnership is focused on restoring local lagoon ecosystems and documenting Irma’s impact on the populations of local animal species.

Thank you for your generous support, and for making the smart decision to give cash (and not stuff) after a disaster like this one—it allows your support to be put to use immediately. And if you’re looking to continue supporting recovery efforts, all the projects supporting Hurricane Irma relief, and many more, are competing for bonus prizes during our 2017 Year-End Campaign, so your donation could help earn a project extra funds!

We’ll be back in your inbox soon with more stories of progress from our partners continuing to support local communities as they rebuild in Irma’s aftermath.

Rachel + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from EPIC
Photo from EPIC
Fishing for Families in Need, Virgin Islands
Fishing for Families in Need, Virgin Islands

When we sent our last report, initial relief efforts were underway for Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and in Florida. Unfortunately, several days after our update, Hurricane Maria swept through the Caribbean and caused widespread damage. We have been working around the clock since these storms to connect and coordinate relief efforts with local organizations on the ground.

Over the last month, we supported more than a dozen vetted partners in communities affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida, the British and US Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The initial cleanup and relief efforts are transitioning to rebuilding and longer-term recovery.  Your donations are helping by:

  • Providing emergency housing, food, clothing, and supplies in Barbuda. The Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust, with support from the Waitt Institute and local government officials in Barbuda, is supporting islanders and funding local relief efforts and livelihoods after Hurricane Irma destroyed 90% of the island’s infrastructure.
  • Rebuilding the only high school in Barbuda. The Antigua & Barbuda Student Association USA is working to rebuild the island’s only secondary school, which was destroyed in the storm. This will be an important milestone in recovery efforts, particularly for the children of Barbuda.
  • Assisting with debris removal in Florida. IsraAid sent teams to Florida to assist families with clean up efforts immediately after the storm as well as to provide emergency relief supplies.
  • Buying much-needed supplies and hygiene kits in Florida. Fishing for Families in Need has purchased and distributed 2,000 hygiene and emergency supply kits to families in South Florida and the Florida Keys.
  • Purchasing necessary short- and longer-term relief items such as food, water, baby items in the Virgin Islands. Fishing for Families in Need is also working in the Virgin Islands to purchase relief materials from local vendors, meaning that your donation not only provides emergency relief, it also helps stimulate the local market and build economic momentum during this critical recovery period.
  • Supporting local rebuilding efforts in St John. Sisterhood Agenda is working on rebuilding and repairing buildings damaged by the storm.
  • Rebuilding a Montessori school in St. Croix. Although St. Croix was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria caused significant damage and residents are rebuilding and recovering from damage caused by both storms. St Croix Foundation for Community Development is working to rebuild the St. Croix Montessori School, which serves students ages 2-12. This will help students get back to school and will serve as a beacon of light, pride, and hope for the island.

As a reminder, your donation to the Hurricane Irma Fund will be used to support relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Irma. In regions where Hurricane Maria and Irma both caused damage, we will coordinate funding from our Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund to ensure that we can maximize the impact on the ground for the swiftest recovery.

Thank you for your support! We will continue to update you on how funds have been used.

IsraAid, Florida
IsraAid, Florida
Waitt Institute/ICF, Barbuda
Waitt Institute/ICF, Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda Students Association USA
Antigua and Barbuda Students Association USA

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