Dorian Disaster Priorities & Other News - September 26th, 2019 Newsletter
Dorian Disaster Priorities
week our editorial comes from one of our readers, well known
businessman and philanthropist, Stephen Crane. Here are his thoughts on
how to salvage Grand Bahama Post Dorian:
moved to Grand Bahama in 1968 and have worked and lived here ever
since. I love the island and Grand Bahamians and have seen them prosper.
Now, I fear greatly for their future. I see their Dorian despair
firsthand when helping my church distribute food to the residents in the
worst hit areas every day.
is not my first experience of a catastrophic storm. Through business
interests on islands in the northern Caribbean, I have helped employees
and their families recover from half a dozen catastrophic storms,
starting with Hugo’s great damage to the USVI in 1969, followed by Luis
and Marilyn in 1995.
Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation Receives Largest Single Donation of In-Kind Relief from
Freeport, Bahamas –
On Monday the 23rd of September, two Amazon Air flights loaded with
hurricane relief supplies landed at the Grand Bahama International
Airport - the latest in a series of aid drops benefitting the Grand
Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF). Through its network of local
and international donors, the GBDRF has already overseen the import and
distribution of hundreds of thousands of dollars in relief aid to the
Grand Bahama community. Now, the foundation has incredible assistance
from Amazon, receiving its largest single private donation of in-kind
relief through Amazon’s Disaster Relief program.
“The moment the
hurricane Dorian passed, we immediately reached out to Amazon to request
assistance for Grand Bahama. The reaction of the Amazon team was
incredible, offering support straight away. This donation and the
support of Amazon has been a God-send,” said GBDRF organizer Henry St.
Agreements signed for $100M Freeport cruise port and $80M expansion of Half Moon Cay
Bahama – The Government today signed two separate heads of agreements
with Carnival for the $100 million-dollar development of a cruise port
in Sharp Rock, Freeport, and an $80 million-dollar expansion of Half
Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis noted the significance of the Freeport
signing in the restoration and recovery of Grand Bahama following
“A major part of
reconstruction, which has become even more urgent, is the ongoing
economic recovery and revitalization of Grand Bahama,” said Prime
BAMSI Donates Thousands of pounds of fresh Produce to the Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort.
In the wake of
Hurricane Dorian, and the devastating impact it had on the very fabric
of the island communities of Abaco and Grand Bahama, the Bahamas
Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is committed to being a
part of the national relief effort, on Thursday donating more than
10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Bahamas Red Cross.
which includes bananas, papayas, cassava, sweet potato, butternut
squash, okra and more, will make its way from Morgan’s Bluff, North
Andros on the MV Lady Rosalind to Nassau, where it will be sent on to
residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Determined Bahamas Students given Financial Support from Regional Bank CIBC First Caribbean
Despite many of
them losing their homes and all their possessions, about 20 final year
students from the hurricane-ravaged Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama are
determined to complete their studies.
Mere days after
Hurricane Dorian flattened their homes and entire communities, they
traveled to Barbados to continue their studies at The University of the
West Indies, Cave Hill campus, some with no more than a few personal
The University has embarked on an
outreach programme designed to help students from the hurricane-ravaged
communities with financing for basic necessities, purchase of text books
and psychological counseling, while on a broader scale it will be
allowing a deferral of tuition.
Grand Bahama Children’s Home Devastated by Dorian Home to be Rebuilt Bigger and Better
loss of life experienced by the northern Bahamas in the wake of
Hurricane Dorian will surely echo for generations. For the most
vulnerable among us - the children - the impact from the storm’s passage
has been immediate. With scores of people still missing, many children
may likely have been orphaned, and the Grand Bahama Children’s Home
(GBCH) is a safe space that they could call home.
The GBCH has
provided a haven for abused and neglected children ranging in age from
six weeks to fourteen years, for over 40 years. In the wake of Hurricane
Dorian’s wrath, however, this institution, like countless other homes
and businesses on Grand Bahama Island, now finds itself in need of a
complete restoration. Rising floodwaters not only displaced the more
than 30 children but also gutted the Home’s buildings.
Education Minister in GB to assess readiness of public schools
Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd flew into Grand Bahama on Thursday,
September 19, 2019 to inspect the condition of public schools, most of
which were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
government schools were set to re-open on Monday, September 23, 2019,
but that can change once all of the assessments have been made.
“We would like to
get school started as soon as possible, but we’re very concerned about
the safety of our children,” said Minister Lloyd. “We want to ensure
that the water system is stable and that electricity is available for
the teachers and the students. We also have to ensure that our teachers,
administrators and support staff are in the frame of mind to educate
The best way to help The Bahamas is to continue to visit. #BahamasStrong
GBDRF Partners with Local Clergy to make
Relief Available to the most Vulnerable on Grand Bahama
Freeport, Bahamas –
In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas has seen a true
outpouring of generosity from its relief partners both domestically and
globally. The storm’s passing has also sparked an incredible sense of
community and togetherness. From ordinary citizens to business owners
and emergency service providers and the clergy, Grand Bahamians from all
walks of life are working together to help one another.
At the heart of
the ongoing relief efforts has been the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief
Foundation (GBDRF), set up, and seed capital provided, by the Grand
Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. 'Its
aim was to provide a dedicated Charitable fund for Grand Bahama in the
event of just such a storm as Dorian.