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From the desk of the Barbuda Council

Chairlady Knacyntar Nedd

To my fellow Barbudan, as we come to terms with the devastation of our home, our island, I would like to remind you that hardship often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny and this is a true testament of each and every one of us. Barbuda and life as a whole for ALL Barbudans was changed and will forever be changed since the rising of the sun on the 6th of September 2017, as the magnitude of Hurricane Irma’s damages were revealed. The shock and bare disbelief was truly one shared throughout the entire nation and even worldwide. The destruction of our homes, our schools, our churches and even the trees that once provided shade from the unforgiving sun caused tears to ceaselessly cascade down our faces. Even the bare memory of what use to be still causes these tears to flow.

However, we are Barbudans; and as Barbudans we are known for our resiliency, our strength and determination to rise again! It is our unwavering spirit of loyalty to our land, our home that will give each and every one of us the momentum needed to rebuild an even stronger Barbuda. It is well known that God gives his hardest battle to his strongest warriors and what a battle it was/is. It is now more than ever that our strength, our faith and our determination will be tested to the max. Let us not be discouraged; for like a phoenix out of the ashes, Barbuda will indeed rise again.

Yours Truly,

Knacyntar Nedd

Chairlady, Barbuda Council

[featuring an additional message from UK Barbudans]

Barbuda: Past Present & Future

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The impact of Hurricane Irma on Barbuda has presented trying times for its people. On 9/6/17 Irma ravaged Barbuda, leaving behind a trail of destruction across the island. Left to pick up the pieces, the unconquerable souls of Barbuda’s people remain strong.

This website is dedicated to uplifting the Barbudan community by giving them a platform to share ideas, organize, and post relevant information.

In addition to Antigua, there are Barbudans in the US, Canada, UK, and beyond who’d like to assist with the relief efforts and the rebuilding process of Barbuda. The intent of this website is to serve as the central hub of communication across the greater Barbudan community. This site is for us, by us.


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Addressing Immediate Needs While Planning Ahead

Relief Efforts

Donating to Barbuda (Irma Relief)

The Waitt Institute & Waitt Foundation, in partnership with ICF, have created this emergency response fund. 100% of the money donated to this fund will go to Barbuda and its people. For information contact Andre Dungee
Blue Halo & Waitt Foundation – andre@icfdn.org | +1 (619) 773-2121 | +1 (619) 336-2250

https://donate.icfdn.org/npo/barbuda-recovery-conservation-trust-fund


The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross is working tirelessly in our response to Hurricane Irma’s passage through our Sister Isle of Barbuda. We are aiming to move volunteers and supplies where they are needed most. The operational priority is to keep people safe while providing shelter, food and comfort to people in this time of need.With your small donation, you can help to save a life, reunite a family or give someone a warm place to lay their head.
Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross – info@abredcross.org | +1 (268) 462-0800

http://www.abredcross.org/disaster


Halo is a Foundation whose main objective is to raise funds for the underprivileged and vulnerable in Antigua and Barbuda. The rebuilding process will take many years and any effort to help will be truly appreciated. You can make a difference in the lives of those affected. Please consider giving whatever you can afford to help our disadvantaged brothers and sisters.
Foundation Halo – Antigual and Barbuda – contact@foundationhalo.org | +1 (268) 462-0004
https://foundationhalo.org/cause/barbuda-relief-effort/


Volunteer Services & Family Needs

Care Packages are being assemble to send to Barbudans that are currently residing in Antigua. The care packages will be delivered between September 30th and October 3rd. The drop-off locations are still being finalized. And information will be updated as it becomes available. For information contact Chantelle Beazer-Cephas
Chantelle Beazer-Cephas – cbeazer09@gmail.com | +1 (917) 528-5644



Several groups have mentioned interest in a “Voluncation” (Organized Volunteer-based Vacation) experience in Barbuda to assist with the Rebuilding Effort. Although no plans have yet been made, there is an opportunity to start gathering the contact information of interested participants. As more details become available, those potential volunteers will be notified.
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Funds Raised, Pledged & Project Statuses

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Other Contributions/Projects

05-10-18 - ABRC Hurricane Irma Relief Fund for Barbuda Collected a total of $115,011 USD through generosity.com. This is 575% of $20,000 goal and was raised by 1,350 people in 3 months. These stats were last updated 2018-05-10 00:00:02

10-10-17 – 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East presented a $10,000USD donation towards the rebuilding of a school in Barbuda. source

10-06-17 – An event the Antigua and Barbuda Beach Shack in Archer Street (South SOHO, London UK) used a raffle and auction prizes to help raise £12,664.23 which will go directly to the High Commission’s Relief Aid.0. source

10-03-17 – The James & Maginley Charity and Care Foundation Inc., based in Antigua, in response to the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes that literally wiped out communities in Barbuda and in Dominica, has made financial donation of EC $30,000 in support of the ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts in Barbuda.

10-03-17 – The Government of the People’s Republic of China has announced that it will donate USD $2.5 Million to support the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s efforts to rebuild Barbuda. The Chinese government also announced that they have cancelled the annual National Day celebrations in Antigua, and will donate the $50,000 earmarked for the celebrations towards the Barbuda relief effort. source

09-29-17 – Grenada has increased its initial donation to hurricane ravaged islands., announcing that the new total to be distributed is $1.7 million (increased from the initial amount of $1 million). Barbuda will recieve USD $300,000 of the distribution. source

09-27-17 – Coca-Cola has donated more than $6 million to earthquake- and hurricane-ravaged territories in Latin America and the Caribbean. USD$300,000 in donations was earmarked by the Coca-Cola Latin Center Business Unit to support rebuilding efforts in St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos, and Barbuda. Coca-Cola also pledged to match their employee contributions up to $100,000. The exact amount distributed specifically for Barbuda relief is unknown. source

09-23-2017 – The Japanese government has come to the aid of Antigua and Barbuda by providing US$36,000 worth of emergency relief supplies on the request of the Antiguan government. Among the supplies are 30 sleeping tents, 180 sleeping pads, 10 plastic sheeting, 10 water filters and 250 foldable tanks. source

09-22-17 – The Government of New Zealand has announced that it is contributing NZ$250,000 to the immediate relief efforts for Caribbean countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The funding will be disbursed through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support governments in early recovery activities such as debris management and rehabilitation of basic services such as water and electricity. source

09-22-17 – Unifor’s Social Justice Fund has donated USD$500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to provide on-the-ground aid in Antigua, Barbuda, Cuba and the Dominican Republic following Hurricane Irma. The donation is to help provide basic necessities to people in the Caribbean whose homes, schools, workplaces and communities were destroyed by the storm. The exact amount distributed specifically for Barbuda relief is unknown. source

09-22-17 – Ironmongery Direct (UK) has partnered with supplier TIMco to donate a pallet full of fastenings and fixings which is being sent to hurricane torn Barbuda in the Caribbean. The pallet, which contains approximately 500,000 woodscrews, roofing screws, concrete screws, nails and masonry fixings, will help the residents of Barbuda rebuild their homes and communities. source

09-21-17 – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has disbursed a grant of EC$1 million to support relief and early recovery. source

09-21-17 – Independent builders merchant Elliotts has joined in with the effort to help re-build Barbuda by sending donated building material to Barbuda. The products include roofing felt, breather membrane, nails and hammers, which all arrived in Antigua over the weekend. source

09-21-17 – Ridgeons in Bury St Edmunds (United Kingdom) is donating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma. source

09-21-17 – Liberty University (Virginia) will be sending a team of eight students and three staff members to the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda to help with cleanup from Hurricane Irma. The group will leave Friday, September 22 and return October 1, LU says. source

09-19-17 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance (CCRIF) will pay US$6,794,875 to the governments of Antigua and Barbuda. source

09-17-17 – Hotelier Rob Barrett announced that his group of affiliated hotels and businesses will be donating EC$500,000 in cash and goods to help rebuild the beautiful tourism-based island of Barbuda. source

09-17-17 – The Bank of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America has pledged to allocate US$2 million for the reconstruction of Barbuda. source

09-16-2017 – Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza Montserrat on Friday evening, flew into Antigua and handed over to Prime Minister Gaston Browne a contribution of US$1 million to the Barbuda Hurricane Relief fund. source

09-15-17 – United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) sent a  Relief Flight from Miami, containing key assistance commodities including tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, water containers, and chain saw/clean-up kits. The relief flight follows a U.S. $100,000 award donated by the United States Government to the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross for assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma. source

09-15-17 – Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 30,000 Euros as disaster relief for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The Foreign Ministry aid will be given from development and humanitarian aid funds through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The exact amount distributed specifically for Barbuda relief is unknown.source

09-14-17 – United Arab Emirates, UAE, has provided an emergency assistance worth (US$10 million) to aid those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean states. The exact amount distributed specifically for Barbuda relief is unknown. source

09-14-17 – Butch Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts, pledges $150,000 to assist the children of the island of Barbuda. source

09-14-17 – Government has purchased two new generators for Barbuda as officials seek to restore power to the island. These electrical supplies will be shipped to Antigua from the United States by this weekend. source

09-13-17 – John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, J.B. Turbidy, and Discovery Land Company will provide immediate aid, bringing heavy equipment to the island to assist in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Additionally they will provide source:

  • A $10,000,000 fund to rebuild local residences and to construct new housing complexes
  • The construction of a $1,000,000 triage medical center on Barbuda
  • A $1,000,000 contribution to the rebuilding of local schools
  • A $3,500,000 lagoon and beach restoration project which will include mangrove restoration, implementation of stormwater management solutions in the Town of Codrington, and ongoing lagoon management program
  • An additional $5,000,000 contribution to a new airport on Barbuda
  • The purchase of 500-750 beds for shelters and other temporary housing units

09-13-17 – The Calvin Ayre Foundation has pledged to match all donations by the global online gambling industry and the Bitcoin community to Barbuda’s relief effort, up to $1 million. source

09-13-17 – Prime Minister Gaston Browne and tourism and energy minister Asot Michael have pledged and delivered EC$640,000 (US$237,000) for the Barbuda relief and rebuilding fund. source

09-12-17 – CBIC is donating US$450,000 to support organizations providing humanitarian relief to recover and rebuild. In total, seven islands where CIBC FirstCaribbean has operations – the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, and St. Kitts and Nevis – were affected by the storm. The exact amount distributed specifically for Barbuda relief is unknown. source

09-11-17 – Prime Minister Browne promised to build 200 homes in Barbuda in six months source

09-08-17 – A Welsh businessman, Steve Morgan, who considers Antigua as his second home has donated $1million to the Barbuda Relief effort. He has called for more international support. source

09-08-17 – Arton Capita pledged initial $50k to rebuild Barbuda schools…targeting $200k source

09-07-17 – Venezuelan military cargo plane brought 34 rescuers and 10 tons of equipment, water, mats and medicine to help the Barbudans source