Five Cays, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Providenciales of the Turks and Caicos Islands is truly a resilient place and is rebounding a month after Hurricanes Irma and Maria barrelled across our shores. Everyone is coming together in the rebuilding effort and the communities hardest hit have remained optimistic.
My colleagues at Grace Bay Medical and myself have been working very closely within our community to help with relief efforts and have been focusing on those most in need. With the 2017 hurricane season impacting so many people throughout the Caribbean and United States, there are many families displaced, and livelihoods wiped out. Here in Providenciales, Irma destroyed many homes and has closed businesses impacting many hard working families in their ability to earn income to support themselves.
Being out in the community and meeting so many that have been devastated has caused us to want to help in a big way. There are many hard hit communities such as Five Cays on our small island that have been devastated, and within these communities there are many that can't do this alone. Our team’s goal is to make a huge impact in a meaningful way to hard working families that we know personally.
There are two families in particular that I want to introduce to you:
The Louis Family
Serese Louis works at Grace Bay Medical as support staff. She and her husband Pierre and their four children lost the roof to their home and most of their belongings during Hurricane Irma. They were inside their home at the time and thankfully were not harmed. They did all they could to cover a part of their roof after Irma passed and before Hurricane Maria hit two weeks later with only scraps of plywood patching part of their roof.
My colleagues and I visited Serese and her family shortly after Maria once we learned what happened to their home. For immediate aide we brought them mosquito nets, toiletry items, food, water and other supplies including tarps and some lumber to provide a temporary solution for the roof.
Serese and her family can't afford to replace their roof on their own so we want to help them rebuild, and get back on their feet. The money raised through this GoFundMe will go directly toward purchasing the building materials for their new roof.
The Marcelus Family
(picture above taken from their 'used to be living room')
Meet Myriane and Oxone Marcelus. Both Myriane and Oxone work for beautiful resorts on Grace Bay which are now closed for an extended period of time reducing their ability to earn income. Myriane is a first cousin of Natalie, one of our lovely receptionists at the clinic. Natalie told us her cousin was in need after Irma so my colleagues and I went to meet her and her family to give them relief supplies. When we arrived at what used to be their home, we saw first-hand that it had been completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Together with their two daughters (ages four and nine) they reconstructed one room from the rubble that remained of their home and are now living in it until they can save up enough money to begin to rebuild. We want to raise enough money to purchase much needed building supplies to support their efforts to rebuild their home. Again the money will go 100% to these efforts.
Thank you for giving and supporting directly to our friends in need. We will provide updates here on this page as we make progress. We also ask that you share this GoFundMe link with your social networks or to friends and family by email. We are dedicated to helping these families and know we can make a difference with your generous support.
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