Rebuild Abe's Home and Business

$14,490 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 129 people in 17 months
Created September 26, 2017

Barbara and her family lost their home and business, Abe's Snorkeling & Biobay Tours, in Vieques, Puerto Rico in the devastating hurricane Maria. Abe's was a respected ecotourism business on the island for almost twenty years, employing numerous Viequenses who have now also lost their livelihood. Helping this family will ultimately help many others as it is expected to be a year before their island home will be restored and their business can function again.  Hopefully, with help, Abe's can be up and running in under a year.24163014_1506515986.5751_funddescription.png

    Category 5 hurricane Maria came suddenly and was devastating to their small island. Their wood house and office in Monte Carmelo were demolished overnight (see image). Abe stayed in Vieques to prepare their home and business for the storm, and Barbara and their five year old daughter, Anani, evacuated temporarily to her family's home in Wisconsin. They are still waiting to be reunited with Abe and have only spoken twice during 30 second satellite phone calls since the hurricane. Vieques is an island of 9000 residents near the main island of Puerto Rico so disaster relief efforts have been even more challenging than on the main island.

    This lovely family of three appreciates everyone who has taken the time to read their story during this time of great uncertainty. They hope to return to their home and business as soon as it is safe enough to do so and all of their efforts will go into helping bring back the island that is so dear to them.  In the unlikely event that circumstances in Vieques remain too difficult for Abe and Barbara to stay and operate their business, this fund will be used to begin a new life.24163014_1506518884.8289_funddescription.jpg

Barbara, Abe and Anani are wonderful friends and kindred spirits.  I met Barbara during our violin teaching days at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore MD around 15 years ago.  Currently living in PA, I have kept in touch with Barbara and with the hope of visiting her, booked a family trip to Vieques this December.   Although this trip is most likely not feasible, once the island recovers we will plan another visit.  For now we want to help in any way we can.  Barbara is the primary beneficiary for this GOFUNDME account and your generous donations will go directly to her.

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I have some great news to share. Abe has made it to the states and is reunited with Barbara and their daughter. They will have the next few weeks together and then Abe will return to Vieques to continue working and rebuilding. There is much to do, but they are overwhelmingly grateful for everyone's support and encouragement. Please continue to share their story on social media. We are almost half way to our goal and everyone's help has made a difference. Thank you!!
The remains of their home and office.
Reunited at last
Their dog watching the fort.
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We have reached 3k in one day thanks to your generous donations. We are aiming for 25K so please continue to help spread the word. For an inside and current look at Vieques please click on the link below. Thank you friends, together we can make a difference!
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$14,490 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 129 people in 17 months
Created September 26, 2017
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