Compiled By NAN Staffers
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 29, 2017: Caribbean nationals are still hurting more than a week after Hurricane Maria ravaged Dominica, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and brought flooding and damage to the Dominican Republic and Grand Turks, Turks & Caicos. Tens of thousands more are also still impacted by Hurricane Irma, which flattened the island of Barbuda and decimated St. Maarten, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands among others. The victims of these hurricanes across these islands desperately need your help. Here are 10 easy ways you can pitch in today.
1: Support the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) here. This is the ‘FEMA’ for CARICOM nations.
2: Support The Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund to assist other Caribbean countries affected by natural disasters here.
3: Support The Invest Caribbean Now Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund here, which is raising money to support the immediate needs served by non-profit organization Samaritan’s Purse and other local Diaspora groups.
4: Support the One Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund, by Pastor Gil Monrose who has been working hard to help raise funds and collect supplies for emergency support of hurricane victims.
5: Support the Caribbean Day Of Giving on Sat., Oct. 7th across the US Diaspora by calling in your donation or pledge to local Caribbean Diaspora radio programs and platforms. You can also donate here. All donations will go towards helping the emergency work of CDEMA. Caribbean Day of Giving is being organized by the Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition representing and promoting a collective Caribbean Diaspora response to disaster relief and recovery. The coalition consists of various community leaders and organizations and was organized to urgently respond to the current disaster resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but also with a charge to develop a long-term high level structure that preemptively prepares to galvanize the Caribbean Diaspora community in times of natural disasters as well as establish official relationships that will ensure efforts are well coordinated and prioritize.
6: Support the FUND FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, (FFVI), which has been set up by the non-for-profit organization, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, (CFVI), in collaboration with USVI Delegate to Congress, Hon. Stacey Plaskett and the island’s government to support short-term relief efforts and to enhance the well-being of future generations.
7: Support United For Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
8: Support the Dominica-American Relief & Development Association, (DARDA)’s Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief which is helping raise much needed funds to benefit the recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts in Dominica.
9: Support The West Indian American Carnival Day Association and the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) donation drive for hurricane victims with nonperishable food and water as well as clothing and cash. Call WIADCA at 718) 467-1797 and CACNY at (718) 625-1515.
10: Support the Las Vegas Latin Caribbean Festival Inc.’ Caribbean, West Indian Diaspora disaster relief effort on Tuesday October 3, 2017 from 3 to 7 pm in the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. The group will be collecting items to be sent to areas affected by recent earthquakes and Hurricane in the Caribbean