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How you can help people affected by Hurricane Irma

SUPPORT: There are a number of reputable organisations working in the Caribbean that you can send assistance to

AS RELIEF efforts to help people in the Caribbean who have been affected by Hurricane Irma continue several readers of The Voice have contacted us to find out where they can send aid and assistance.

Many of those who got in touch have friends or relatives in the region and expressed a desire to help.

However concerns remain high that money sent may be misused and not reach its intended destination.

With this in mind we have listed some of the organisations and relief efforts you can safely send money to.

Among the areas that has sustained heavy damage in the aftermath of the hurricane is Barbuda.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has declared a state of emergency and said in a statement that efforts will be focused on securing emergency relief for Barbuda.

In a statement Her Excellency Karen Mae-Hill, the High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda said: “Our thoughts and prayers remain with all the people of the Caribbean and the southern United States.

The High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda is working with the Rebuild Barbuda Appeal Fund to help those affected.

The details are:

Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland

Account name: Ascension Trust (Charity #1127204)

Account number: 10019655

Sort code: 16 00 93

Reference: Rebuild Barbuda

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has activated its "CTO Relief Fund" through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massive category five Hurricane Irma, which has impacted a number of member countries.

All of the money raised through the CTO's Relief Fund will be sent directly to CTO-member destinations affected by the catastrophic storm, which hit some countries with winds up to 185 mph.

CTO secretary general Hugh Riley said: "The damage caused by the force of Hurricane Irma is an important example of why we must do whatever is possible to provide financial relief to those who need it most."

ASSISTANCE

He added: "It's through this fund that the CTO channels monetary assistance to our impacted member states. The CTO appreciates all donations to assist in the recovery efforts in these countries."

For more information on CTO's Relief Fund or to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto.

JPRAM Shipping and Geest Line announced it will be receiving cargo donations for the assistance and rebuilding of Barbuda following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

All cargo donated will be shipped Free of Charge to the National Offices of Disaster Services (NODS), Antigua. 

A spokesperson said: “If you would like to donate anything to the relief effort here is what you must do:

• Carefully package the cargo as safely and as securely as possible
• Mark each package NODS
• Deliver the relief cargo to:
JP RAM Shipping, 1B & 1C St Mark's Ind. Estate, 439 North Woolwich Road , Silvertown , London , E16 2BS

You can telephone 020 7476 0154. If you want you can ecord your name on the register of contributors although this is optional. “

The spokesperson said that in order to make the next sailing to Antigua and Barbuda donations must be received by September 27.

FUNDRAISING

The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross  is accepting donations and volunteers.

They emphasise that 100 per cent of donations received will go towards relief efforts in Barbuda, and that any and all donations are always used for these purposes as their in-house fundraising efforts (First Aid classes, the Thrift Shop and corporate and other donations) cover overheads.

For further details please visit http://abredcross.org/disaster/

The British Red Cross has also launched a Hurricane Irma Emergency Appeal They claim that up to 93% of the funds raised will be directed specifically to those affected by Hurricane Irma, through Red Cross societies across the Caribbean and to British Red Cross’ Overseas Branches in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For more details please visit: https://beta.redcross.org.uk/appeal/hurricane-irma-appeal

Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in about 70 countries around the world, has identified humanitarian agency Adventist Development and Relief Agency International as its main partner.

ADRA is conducting field assessments to guide their fundraising initiative for Barbuda’s rebuilding.

Donations can be made by visiting this link: https://www.habitat-tt.org/product/donation/

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