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Rescue E & S in the BVI

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Raised by 48 people in 18 months
My husband Erik and I have lost everything we have worked for over the past 18 years of living in Tortola, located in the Hurricane Irma ravaged islands of the British Virgin Islands.  Our house was blown away while we were on vacation visiting Erik's parents.  We will return to the BVI with no place to live and no clothing except what we had packed for our vacation.  We used to have a boat that we might have been able to live on but that too has sank.  One of our dogs went missing during the storm adding insult to injury.  Everyone on Tortola is in need as well of clothing, housing, food and water.  Any financial support you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated.  If we can get ourselves back on our feet, we will be able to assist the community in doing so as well, but that is a difficult task if you have nothing to start with.  We would like to use this funding to find a place for ourselves to rest our heads, get our workshop up and running, and start giving back to the community by rebuilding what Irma has taken away.

Wij, Sheryl en Erik hebben alles verloren waar wij de afgelopen 18 jaar voor gewerkt hebben in Tortola een van de eilanden die door hurricane Irma verwoest zijn. Ons huis is volledig weg geblazen terwijl wij op vakantie waren bij Erik zijn ouders in Nederland. Wij gaan weer terug naar Tortola met alleen nog de kleding die we nu bij ons hebben op vakantie. Wij hebben een boot waarop we ook nog hadden kunnen slapen maar deze is gezonken. Om het nog even erger te maken zijn we ook nog een hond kwijt geraakt gedurende de storm. Iedereen in Tortola heeft behuizing, kleding,drinkwater en voedsel nodig. Iedere financieele bijdrage wordt door ons zeer op prijs gesteld. Als we er in slagen om onszelf weer een beetje opnieuw op te starten, dan kunnen we gemakkelijker een betere bijdragen aan onze
gemeenschap leveren. Dat is erg moeilijk als je zelf ook niets meer hebt. wij willen de opbrengst van deze campagne gebruiken on eerst onszelf van een slaapplaats te voorzien en onze werkplaats weer op gang te brengen en dan werken aan de gemeenschap, door te herbouwen wat Irma van ons allemaal heeft afgenomen.
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Heel veel dank,
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Hi Everyone,
Well, it has been a while since my last update. Things are happening, but they are happening even slower than ever! Erik restored power to our shop and as Nanny Cay had not yet received their waterproofing materials we decided to purchase some ourselves and apply it to our “overhead” structure in an attempt to dry the shop enough to start working again. It has worked on the shop to what I would guess about 90%. We are still working on the last 10%, but we are back up and running. Unfortunately my office and the mechanic shop are still flooding with every rainsquall, so we are working and living on a boat we have moored behind our shop. She has no mast but was not sunk, so she is dry inside and Erik managed to revive and install a portable a/c unit. The boat is on loan from a very generous charter company and is ours until they are ready to start fixing her up. After that, who knows?
We are putting out estimates for boat refits and waiting for insurance companies to give the go ahead and send some badly needed down payments in order to start repairing some of the boats wrecked in Irma. When we arrived we lived aboard our friends boat with them for two weeks, then stayed at another friends home for 4 nights until we were able to pick up this boat. We put down some ground tackle and med-moored behind our shop and rafted what was left of our boat next to it.
At least we are conveniently close to work.
We have Shorty with us and he doesn’t like to let us out of his sight. Blackie is still with Karl the amazing house sitter as it would be difficult for her to get on and off of the boat. Erik and I really miss her a lot! Karl brought her down one day so we could have her for the day and I cried my eyes out when she left. We will find a way to get her back to live with us; it just might take a little longer than we would like it to.
The boats here in the yard are being righted, but it is slow going. Everyone is suffering from some sort of post Irma stress. The nice thing is that there are some good restaurants that have re-opened so we are actually able to get out of Nanny Cay to have a bit of a break. We have made some new friends as well! People we have known in passing and now spend more time with as we are all here in Nanny Cay and have happy hour on the dock together every day. The community has become smaller but more familiar which is nice!
We work on reviving Stella di Mare (our boat) every weekend. Last weekend Erik was able to clean the outside of her hull and that made her look so much better! We should have an engine rebuild kit in this weekend so he can start on that. I have been working on cleaning things and sorting out what we need to keep and what can be thrown away. There is still no sign of our other boat. Esperance, which was well tied up in Sea Cows Bay, has completely disappeared! No one has seen her since Irma. She did not sink in Sea Cows Bay, but for all we know, she could be on her way to Florida! Shame we couldn’t take the trip with her!
We finally put in the insurance claim on our house last week. It took quite a while to get a proper estimate, but now that we have one we are praying that the insurance company does not give us any problems. We would love to start getting rid of the debris at the house to see what we can save, but even if we find anything we have no storage space to put it in so we have chosen to leave it for the time being. We do know the house had been looted and anything of value, unless it was buried under the debris, has been taken. We did however find a suitcase full of our photos. Some are gone, but some have been saved! Including some wonderful photos of our wedding, now 15 years ago! We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on the 9th of November here at Gene’s Bar & Grill with some of our very good friends and some new friends as well. We had a lovely evening thanks to my wonderful sisters Phyllis & Adrienne who helped us pay for it as an anniversary gift.
We really want to thank everyone who has been kind enough to contribute to helping us get our feet on the ground. We have still not been able to collect a full paycheck from the business so your donations have and will continue to help us stay here and rebuild. Without you Erik and I would have had to leave and start over someplace else.

New catch phrases: If you were here for Irma, you survived “Irmageddon”, if you were here for Irma and Maria, you survived “IrMaria”, and when things don’t go as they used to they have been “Irmatized”. And to close, everything here is now “the new normal”!

Stella di Mare "Irmatized"
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Hi All,
Well, we are back! Arrived on Sunday afternoon. I wish it were all great news but we will have to take the good with the bad and be thankful to be alive! The harrowing experiences our friends went through were unparalleled! We were met at the ferry by two wonderful friends who took us back to their boat, fed us dinner, and had us stay on their boat in their salon. We are still there as they are gracious enough to have us. We are here in Nanny Cay which makes it easier to do what we need to do to get our business back up and running. First, the good news...Shorty escaped from his temporary home and came to the boatyard to find us. Thanks to our hosts he is still with us and sleeps under the bed every night (he always liked to sleep under the bed). Blackie is happy at her new temporary home and has not been down to visit with us yet. We will have to make that happen soon! The house...what can I say...I went up with the insurance adjuster yesterday (my first time up). He said that it was catastrophic and by far the worst he had seen yet on Tortola. We are all pretty sure now, after speaking with Karl, that it was a tornado that took our home. Our boat, which had been partially sunk for over 4 weeks, is now afloat and Erik is working tirelessly to make it habitable so we can move aboard. The shop was filled with water to about 18" over the floor. The shop above us, Quantum Sails, was completely blown away, therefore their floor is now our roof. As it was never meant to be a roof water pours into our shop every time it rains making it difficult to assess the damage to the tools. It has been dry today, so the electro motors are being removed from the large power tools and being overhauled so we can see which ones need to be replaced and which ones can be used again. The good news, we have had power restored to our shop so we can try to get things up and running again. Just waiting for Nanny Cay to give us the roof coating they ordered so we can get the shop dried out. The office...gone. Everything including my computer and all of our files are soaked beyond saving, so we will just have to start over again. Next steps, get our business up and running again and and get the boat to a livable condition so we can move aboard with both Blackie & Shorty. All of your donations have been so greatly appreciated and are being used in the best way's we possibly can. Once we can get ourselves back on our feet we will be able to help our community do the same! Thank you all so much once again and please be assured that any and all donations you have given us or would like to give us will be used to the best of our abilities! Stay Safe! With Love, Erik and Sheryl
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Wij, Sheryl en Erik hebben alles verloren waar wij de afgelopen 18 jaar voor gewerkt hebben in Tortola een van de eilanden die door hurricane Irma verwoest zijn. Ons huis is volledig weg geblazen terwijl wij op vakantie waren bij Erik zijn ouders in Nederland. Wij gaan weer terug naar Tortola met alleen nog de kleding die we nu bij ons hebben op vakantie. Wij hebben een boot waarop we ook nog hadden kunnen slapen maar deze is gezonken. Om het nog even erger te maken zijn we ook nog een hond kwijt geraakt gedurende de storm. Iedereen in Tortola heeft behuizing, kleding,drinkwater en voedsel nodig. Iedere financieele bijdrage wordt door ons zeer op prijs gesteld. Als we er in slagen om onszelf weer een beetje opnieuw op te starten, dan kunnen we gemakkelijker een betere bijdragen aan onze
gemeenschap leveren. Dat is erg moeilijk als je zelf ook niets meer hebt. wij willen de opbrengst van deze campagne gebruiken on eerst onszelf van een slaapplaats te voorzien en onze werkplaats weer op gang te brengen en dan werken aan de gemeenschap, door te herbouwen wat Irma van ons allemaal heeft afgenomen.
Laat alsjeblief ook andere mensen hiervan weten
Heel veel dank,
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