Emergency and Long-term Aid for Grand Bahama & Abacos islands. Estimated 76,000 people are in need of food & Shelter. More than 45% of homes on Grand Bahama & the Abacos were severely damaged or destroyed, leaving thousands homeless. For the Love of Children Society wants to provide essential & long-term aid to the Islands. The society’s aid will focus mainly on children & their families, who are the most vulnerable during and after these natural disasters. The society has 40 years of past experience in giving aid to countries hit with natural disasters, like Haiti, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan, India, Philippines, Peru, Guatemala, etc. A lot of times it the smaller aid agencies like ours that can be most helpful as we are able to overcome obstacles such as damaged roads and infrastructure challenges that would otherwise hamper relief efforts. We also take the time to find out from the people what their needs are rather than giving them things that they cannot use. We provide ‘educated’ aid, for example taking medicine suitable for children, not just for adults. The long-term aid will include psychological care for children suffering from post-traumatic stresses. We have provided orphanages for children who are left homeless and will do the same in the Bahamas. A lot of times there are big containers of supplies that just rot at the airports or docks as they cannot be delivered to the people. Our long-term goal is to enable the people to fend for themselves when emergency aid stops or they are no longer in the news. The intention is to help build homes, schools, and water wells/plants, as we have done in other countries in the past. From past experience I have seen a lot of money raised but it never gets to the poor people. Although raising money is important, what you do with it is equally important. Our society is volunteer-based so that all the funds can go towards helping the victims. The above is possible only with the generosity & help from all Canadians. Donations can be made through our website (www.fortheloveofchildrensociety.org) or the page that we have set up on “Go Fund Me”. If you require more information, please contact me, Ashid Bahl.