Help Rebuild Anguilla

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As many of you know, Anguilla was hit by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, during the early hours of Wednesday, September 6. With winds gusting over 200 miles per hour, much of the island was destroyed. Our family and friends there lost so much; roofs, homes, belongings, and even whole businesses.

We have received so many wonderful messages asking how people can help, so we decided to start this Go Fund Me page. Robert will be traveling down to Anguilla in a few weeks to help his island rebuild, and will take along any donations that people would like to give. If you would like money specifically ear-marked for someone or something, email us at donateaxa@gmail.com  or make a note in the comments about where you want your money to go. Want money to go to AARF? Just say so. Have a friend down there that you want to receive your donation so that they can replace their clothes? Let us know. I will withdraw the funds and give them to Robert, and he will personally deliver the funds to where you want them to go. If you'd just like to donate in general, we will be splitting up those funds across various causes such as the hospital, schools, and churches.

We appreciate any help that you can give!

xoxo,
Heidi and Robert
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Hello everyone!!

Not sure if everyone still receives updates if the page is closed... but hey lets try. I just got back on Saturday and just been a little swamped trying to catch up on my work. So, updates. The island is in some ways worse than I thought it would be, and in some ways better. The electricity grid is being restored as fast as Anglec can cope, however they keep running out of the telephone poles is my understanding. I believe all the islands order some the same place- Dominica I think- and therefore that does cause some delays. In my opinion, the Facebook videos and newspaper articles that say "Anguilla Is Open" are actually detrimental to the Island- Anguilla is not open should people rush down to vacation there (flights allowing), I'm not sure they would ever return. Contrary to reports, all of the beaches are certainly not cleaned. And generators are having problems all over the island to my knowledge. Optimistic people are hoping to have electricity in November, but I dont think the west end of the island, most of Blowing Point and the East End of the island can reasonably expect electricity before December, and I'd actually put my money on January.

As for the funds! All the earmarked money was delivered to the individuals and businesses as promised within the first couple days of landing.

Of the general funds, the schools and hospital were very grateful. 3 of the 6 public Primary schools have had great deal of demolition done. Road School has had all the buildings that I went to destroyed, and has just their new classroom building now- the Government had planned to rebuild them all, and are simply forced to build faster now. East End School is set for complete demolition, and the school is currently occupying 4 nearby apartment buildings and a UK aid tent I believe. The High School is running classes in three shifts- morning, afternoon and evening- as they have also had most of their buildings declared unfit for use and most have been demolished already, or are marked for it. Stoney Ground School lost the roof over the main hall, and I'm sure sustained other damage that I did not see. West End School did not look too bad, but were grateful for the donations raised from here. As they put it, people have been very kind with donating items but the cash would be helpful to put toward more expensive items not being donated. We also shipped down food to AARF for the animals there which is very much needed. When I left there was still $900 left from the general fund, which I left in the care of my mother to identify families in need- I just simply ran out of time to try and disperse it myself.

As for Ferry Boat Inn, the entire roof for the main apartment building is currently being replaced with cement. A 24kw generator has been purchased to allow the restaurant to resume semi-regular hours. Windows have either been replaced, have started to be, or have had their opening mechanisms replaced. 12 new doors were purchased and painting of them began before I left for interiors around the property. The reason we couldnt finish is because the extra paint we were given was wrong, and of course when we went back to the hardware store, "the woman who does that isn't here until tomorrow".

That is about all of the information I have for the moment. Thank you again to everyone who donated. Your charity has made a difference at least to those that I saw, and I'm positive beyond that.

As an added for anyone thinking of traveling through SXM to Anguilla I will say this, as long as your flight isn't cancelled, you're going to be fine, just be prepared to be very hot for an extended period of time. You land and you wait on the tarmac for your bags, then you wait for the shuttle to leave for Calypso (the only running boat currently), then you wait for Calypso for leave. Everything takes a little longer, but otherwise there is some measure of normalcy. Similarly leaving Anguilla, only one morning boat runs over to SXM, so if, like me, you have a late afternoon flight, you will be sitting in a tent on the tarmac for a while. But they have cold beer so there is that.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks to everyone again for all the donations. I just wanted to post a final update. As I will be heading down soon, for reasons of accounting, and of accountability, I will be closing the GoFundMe today, so that I can get all my ducks in a row. I'm not sure how GoFundMe works and if I will be able to update after the fund is closed but if I am, I will post an update again after the funds have been successfully delivered.

Thank you to everyone again. Your contributions will make a MASSIVE difference for the people, for the schools, and of course, for FBI as well. Anguilla will be rebuilt, and will look forward to hosting you all again soon.

Robert
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Hi everyone! Third update:

Puerto Rico airport looks flooded, and power is going to be out on the island for 4-6 months I am hearing- this adds to the difficulty of trying to get to Anguilla, but I will keep trying.

Heidi, being a Vet student, contacted the University of Wisconsin about helping raise supplies for the Hospital. The Healthcare schools there- their staff and their students- are helping us gather much needed supplies (also- I believe as of today the Hospital is off the emergency generators and back on to the electric grid!- The grid itself to my knowledge is still down across the island,the engineers there working hard to get power to the Hospital first). The general funds are being used in part to ship these supplies to Anguilla as we acquire them. So just wanted to keep everyone up to date!

Edit*- WISCares, an association that helps people with low income with Vet care, is largely responsible for the supplies we have gathered so far. They heard our plea through the Vet School at UW and responded! THANK YOU, WISCares.

And as always- thank you everyone reading this for the support and the prayers. Will keep you posted.
Robert
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Hi everyone! Just another update as I realized when I update on Facebook maybe not everyone sees that. The support, love, prayers and well wishes have been overwhelming, and from all corners of the world. Communication with Anguilla is not consistent, but I will make sure that all messages get to Mom and to the family, and to all the individuals that people are sending cash to. I will try my best to send back pictures as well! My goal had been to try and go down this weekend, but Hurricane Maria prevented me- so my new goal is the following weekend. Some of the Funds for FBI have gone to a chain saw, with more to soon go towards a generator to assist with repairs and getting the restaurant back on its feet! Thank you to everyone who has donated, who has said kind words, or just kept us in their thoughts. Knowing Mom, when I show her all the messages she will be worrying about replying to all the people who have shown love this past week, but we all know how she worries and cares about others! We say keep the messages coming, they have a long road ahead of them and nothing helps keep spirits up like words of love and encouragement.
Robert
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