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Dorian Disaster Priorities & Other News - September 26th, 2019 Newsletter

Dorian Disaster Priorities

This 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:

Dear Readers,
I 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.

This 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
Amazon


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. George.
Agreements signed for $100M Freeport cruise port and $80M expansion of Half Moon Cay
FREEPORT, Grand 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 Moon Cay.
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis noted the significance of the Freeport signing in the restoration and recovery of Grand Bahama following Hurricane Dorian.
“A major part of reconstruction, which has become even more urgent, is the ongoing economic recovery and revitalization of Grand Bahama,” said Prime Minister Minnis.
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.

The donation, 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 items.

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.
Campbell travels to Freeport bearing care packages, words of hope and praise ,and an ‘attentive ear’
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, traveled to Freeport over the September 21-22 period where he met with employees.
Minister Campbell brought with him messages of hope and those of praise.

He also brought with him care packages for those staff members adversely impacted by Hurricane Dorian, and what some considered most important -- an “Attentive Ear.”

Grand Bahama Children’s Home Devastated by Dorian Home to be Rebuilt Bigger and Better
The devastating 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
Minister of 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.

Initially, 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 our children.
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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.
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