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Help Barbuda

£23,620 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 297 people in 7 months
Created September 6, 2017
Please help Barbuda recover from Hurricane Irma.  It was the most powerful hurricane in over a century. After 18hrs of no news from the island we were starting to worry that they had been forgotten. My family, the Franks (sister and nieces) live there alongside 1600 other Barbudans.  It is the sister island to Antigua but very much left to it's own devices.  We started this fundraising page to buy a couple of satellite phones for Barbuda. If we can just help them to be able to communicate with the outside world in the future then that would be great.  We realised pretty soon that they would need other help as the pictures and stories started to come in.  As we are raising money in the UK we have to nominate a British bank account to receive the funds. Scarlett Bolton, my daughter is well known in Barbuda as she is always out there visiting her cousins and friends. She is taking every penny raised to representatives of the Barbuda Council to spend on restoring living conditions on the island and helping the people of Barbuda. Her travel expenses etc will NOT be taken from the fund. To learn more about Barbuda and it's people visit www.barbudaful.net
The money raised so far has exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful for your support. Any small amount would be gratefully received by the Barbudans.
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Just to let all donors know that the container with tools and supplies is still helping the residents of Barbuda rebuild. As funds have now diminished, we will no longer be able to re-stock. But we are happy to say that the container and any remaining tools and contents will be transferred as a start up business to the young Barbudans who have given their time to keep this enterprise going. We wish them luck and know that they have great ideas to grow a great DIY business, while at the same time helping their own. This will happen on May 1st when I will close this account. Thank you all so much for your support and for those that have never been, I hope one day that you will be able to visit Barbuda and see for yourselves what a special place it is.
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Just back from Barbuda and happy to say that the container remains well stocked and is utilised by approx 500 people that have returned to Barbuda. People called in to fix bikes, collect screws and nails and source hinges for a broken gate. It’s is like an Aladdin’s Cave! We bumped into Uncle Roddy who sends his warmest wishes. He has fixed his fence using materials and equipment supplied by the fund and asked us to say a big Thank-you! It’s sad to say that there is still no evidence of government help with rebuilding homes. On a positive note we saw a roof a day being fixed by Samaritans Purse and the Jamaican Army. The Red Cross also remain on the island and we saw at least 30 Shelterbox Tents which have become temporary homes. I will post more photos soon.
Fixing a bike with the Allen keys.
Still good supplies of screws and nails
Uncle Roddy sends his thanks.
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My turn to visit Barbuda! Supplies all loaded onto the cargo boat in Antigua and about to fly over there but the SVG flight was cancelled as there is no fuel for the plane. Winds have been too high for the Barbuda Express ferry but it is running today, so we travel on that. This is just a typical set back for Barbudans everyday who are expected to travel to Antigua to collect aid that has been donated via the Antigua Govt. It’s costly and time consuming and results in them being stranded when the weather prevents travel. Wait for the next report in about ten days. Barbuda still has no electricity connected, running water and defo no WiFi.
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Open for business! Jamoree and James are running the Container Hire Shop that Alice has set up in Barbuda. We are funding a small daily wage for each of them so that it can be kept open for 5 days a week. We will be topping up the supplies, using the last of the funds, when I go to Barbuda on 24th February. Alice has been in touch with Sergeant Mike and his clean up crew on the island who will be using some of the larger industrial tools that we sent over. Good news this week is that the school has re-opened. Bad news is homes are still without power and running water. The Barbuda spirit remains strong.
Jamoree
Container has made a perfect DIY shop
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£23,620 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 297 people in 7 months
Created September 6, 2017
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