Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

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Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

Project Report | Dec 13, 2017
Recovery continues after Irma

By Rachel Roa | GlobalGiving Staff

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

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Oct 18, 2017
Update on Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery

By Britt Lake | Chief Program Officer

Sep 15, 2017
Days After Irma's Landfall, Your Donation at Work

By Britt Lake | GlobalGiving, Chief Program Officer

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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
EIN: 30-0108263

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