In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, we continue to help those affected. We have raised over $1.5 million in funds to support Bahamas relief through Operation Helping Hands, our partnership with the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald and Univision 23. To date*, we have awarded grants to four organizations, totaling $539,000.
Together, we will continue to help our friends and neighbors in the Bahamas to rebuild their lives and recover. The first round of grants are as follows:
Food for the Poor – $239,000
To cover the purchase of implements to convert two donated tractors into forklifts and the cost of shipping the tractors to Grand Bahama for use by the Episcopal
Church to clear debris.
For a solar lighting project that will light communities in eastern Grand Bahama and the Abacos. Fondos Unidos (United Way of Puerto Rico) raised $165,000 of the funding.
IsraAID – $200,000
To create child friendly spaces in shelters and community centers for 3,400 children in Great Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence. Counseling will be provided multiple times per week at each location with trained educators/counselors and caregivers from the community who have undergone IsraAID’s Mental Health PSS training. The program will be in operation for three to four months with our funding and then transition to Disaster Risk Reduction in all the schools on Grand Bahama and the Abacos.
Samaritan’s Purse – $100,000
To support the provision of medical care in their field hospital in Freeport,
Grand Bahama for 400 patients with emergency room treatment; 30 patients with two days of inpatient care; and 1,000 family survival kits for distribution to the Abacos
Islands from their base in Marsh Harbour. The kits include tarps, cooking utensils and hygiene items.
We anticipate making additional grants for long-term relief and recovery in the Bahamas and will update information as it becomes available.
*To date – as of November 21, 2019