You will have seen the heart-wrenching images of the destruction on the Caribbean island of Barbuda. The damage caused by Hurricane Irma has been described as 'the most powerful storms ever to hit the Atlantic'.
95% of the homes on the island have been destroyed and the population have had to leave their homes and possessions behind, seeking temporary safety on its sister island, Antigua.
Try to imagine losing everything and having to leave your worldly belongings behind while you wait for others to clear the land and get the basic infrastructure re-established. The impact of this situation on this small community is immense.
I have set up a non-profit group called 'Barbuda Rise’ based in Leicester (where most UK Barbudans settled in the 1960’s Windrush era), who have formed a collective of UK Barbuda & Antigua descendants with the support of the local community. We have a primary goal of raising £50,000 to help return our beautiful island of Barbuda by directly helping families restore the island back to its former glory.
Recently, Prince Harry visited the island where he had spent idyllic holidays with his mother Princess Diana, who described the island as 'the only place that she could find peace'.
Barbuda is special and unique because it remains untouched and is famous for its breath-taking pink sandy beaches, the protected Frigate Bird Sanctuary and of course, its passionate and proud islanders, who have found themselves and in need of your help.
Please donate what you can today to help restore the lives of this wonderful community whose world has been shattered.
My Aim is to help the Barbudian people with donations of food and goods needed to restore their lives when they are allowed to return to Barbuda after the island was evacuted in September.
I will use the monies raised to send items that the Barbudian people ask for to help them while they wait for their homes to be repaired.
All funds raised will go to help Barbuda 'Rise Again'.
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