Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund

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Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund

Project Report | Nov 9, 2017
A look at recovery efforts in Barbuda

By Britt Lake | Chief Program Officer

Photo from International Community Foundation
Photo from International Community Foundation

Seven weeks have passed since the ferocious winds and rains of hurricanes Irma and Maria took their toll on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Homes were flattened, power and communication towers were reduced to rubble, and lives were turned upside down. Scenes of devastation and heartbreak became a reality for millions of people. Fortunately, GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners are continuing to respond even as the hurricane headlines start to fade. Your donation has provided life-saving relief—emergency meals, fuel, and medical care—to the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Now the focus of relief work has begun to shift towards long-term specialized repairs and recovery. 70% of Puerto Rico remains without power. The death toll has been rising in Dominica, an island that now resembles “a war zone”. The entire country of Barbuda was forced to evacuate and 95% of homes and business were destroyed—there’s not a single human inhabiting Barbuda for the first time in 300 years. Recovery and rebuilding activities will likely take years as the population eventually returns to the island.

GlobalGiving and our partners are in it for the long haul. Our last report focused on recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.  We’d like to focus this report on the work you’ve helped make possible in Barbuda.

The Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust is run in coordination with International Community Foundation (ICF) and the Waitt Institute, which has been building capacity in Barbuda for the past four years through sustainable development, training, and education. Immediately after hurricanes devastated Barbuda, the Trust provided emergency shelter and housing, food, clothing, and supplies to the resilient people of Barbuda. The Trust is coordinating their response with Barbuda’s local and national government, as part of its council for hurricane recovery efforts, to ensure the most effective distribution of life-saving aid. They also helped maintain payments of daily wages for locals who participated in the relief and recovery effort.

Now, restoration of basic infrastructure is the next necessary step so that Barbudans can return home to their island. Sustainable construction, particularly of the energy, water, and waste infrastructure, will be a priority for the Trust. In the long-term, IFC and the Waitt Institute will restore educational and training programs for adults and children, with the aim of improving livelihoods.

As we receive updates from our partners in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean on the ground over the coming weeks, we'll continue to share their progress with you and report on the impact of your donation. Thank you again for your inspiring generosity.

Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

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