The hurricane was a category 5 when it made landfall in the BVI's. The island, Totola, (where Karen lives) sustained wind speeds of 185-210 mph for 4 hours straight. Due to the "nuclear like devastation" experienced from hurricane Irma in the BVI's and surrounding islands, many have been left with absolutely no shelter or way to evacuate. Karen herself, along with her grandson and family, we're left with no adequate shelter as they lost 50% of their home. We are attempting to raise funds to get her family evacuated from the island, when they are able to do so.
We are attempting to fund airfare for the family which consists of Karen Vella Freeman, Fred Freeman, daughter Kaydin Freeman, son Jazz Freeman and grandson. Karen is from Malta and we would like to secure funds for them to fly home and recoup at home with family. Additional funds would also be used for the re-building and replacement of their belongings which were all lost in the storm.
We believe that if they are able to get off the island, a flight for the (5) of them could cost anywhere from $5-7k. The loss of all their belongings would bring this fund up to around $10k.
We would really like to help the family get to a safe place to recover. They have lost EVERYTHING!
Anything will help. If you have $5 or $10 to spare, we would greatly appreciate your contributions. We would like to start this funding off with a $1000 donation.
The media has not had much coverage of the devastation so if you would like to take a look for yourself, please visit the following sites for more information.
Also, if you would like to help in other ways, we would recommmend the following charity. Richard Branson and Virgin have started this and are not charging any fee's or OH. In other words, we believe that the most money will go directly to the victims in the area. He is a long time resident of the area and has done a ton for the community.
- Liz Freeman
- Paul Norby
- Lanika Vella desira
- Shana Heilbron
- Lisa Gilstrap
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