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BVI gov’t donates $100K to Bahamas, roughly 60 local skilled workers willing to volunteer

Scene of the Hurricane Dorian’s destruction on the Bahamian island of Abaco. (AP photo by Gonzalo Gaudenzi/)

Government has pledged $100,000 towards hurricane relief in The Bahamas following the country’s recent destruction due to Hurricane Dorian. 

Announcing the donation on Friday, Premier Fahie also said roughly five dozen local emergency professionals and service workers have are planning to visit The Bahamas to further assist.

He said: “Some 60 skilled persons such as heavy equipment operators, nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians, carpenters and infrastructure specialists have indicated their willingness to travel to The Bahamas to put their God-given talents and professional expertise to use in the Hurricane Dorian response and recovery efforts.”

“I wish to thank these persons from the bottom of my heart. You all make me proud of this territory and its people,” Fahie added.

In the meantime, the Premier said his government has already met with a number of non-governmental organizations along with the Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries and heads of key response agencies to “establish a plan for the coordination of relief for the people of The Bahamas”.

“The Department of Disaster Management will continue to provide the necessary updates on the operations taking place on the ground in the Bahamas coordinate the relief support from the BVI on behalf of the government. I urge you to reach out to them for any assistance or information you might need,” Fahie said. 

He further stressed on the importance of monetary donations to the hurricane-ravaged country at this time. 

How to donate

He also advised persons to donate either to the official Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund or to any registered local non-profit organisation.

“For those generous individuals and groups who would like to contribute monetarily to the relief efforts, I would urge you to give either through the many registered BVI non-profit organisations who are authorized to raise funds for these purposes and which have counterparts on the ground in The Bahamas such as Rotary, the Red Cross, ADRA, or VISAR; or else directly to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund at the RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited,” the Premier stated.

Fahie also addressed those persons who may want to donate relief supplies as opposed to money.

He said items such as water, food or equipment are acceptable and said donations of clothing or medication are not recommended.

Those individuals are asked to contact The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency via email at nemadonations@bahamas.gov.bs, or by calling or texting (242) 341-0127, or coordinate non-perishable donations through the Lions Club.

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  1. LOL says:

    I WONDER IF THE BAHAMAS NEED A RDA BOARD TO CURB THOSE THIEFING POLITICIANS?

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  2. help says:

    charity begins at home

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  3. lordie says:

    only dah?

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  4. Trini says:

    Oh yea those 60 skilled workers must be expatriates

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  5. Dman says:

    Very nice. With the way the planet is warming, the Caribbean islands will need each other more than ever. They are taking turns annually being devastated.

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  6. Weather weapons says:

    It’s not normal

  7. John Dough says:

    Just wondering if we realized they are plenty people in the bvi still needs help after Irma & Maria just a little over two years ago.

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  8. John Dough says:

    Just wondering if Government realized plenty people in the BVI still doesn’t have Electricty and water since Irma & Maria but we are we are thinking about sending money abroad.

    Dont get me wrong they nedd help too.

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  9. grateful says:

    I am grateful for the story and for the gesture of the government. However, like with relief in other countries hit by disaster, that money will very unlikely go to help the people who really need it. Remember the kinda hell we had to go through to get lil food and plywood? Don’t forget the generators the government got to give to the people. They all went to those who could have bought them for themselves. Ohh and the shipment of generators that went on sale!

  10. CW says:

    All you STRUPES making hateful comments about providing help when people in Bahamas just experienced what you lot did with Irma proves three things
    A) you’ve learned nothing from Irma
    B) you’re hypocritical
    C) you’re pretend Christians

    Shame on you. Go and help your neighbor in their time of need.

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