The Anglican (Episcopal) Church has been in these islands since 1648. The Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos (established in 1861) has Churches on 25 islands, 21 in The Bahamas and 4 in The Turks and Caicos Islands. Clergy are assigned to serve in each of these areas.
Given our network of churches and personnel, the only entity more widespread than the Anglican (Episcopal) Church is the respective governments of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
This network is regularly entrusted with the responsibility of providing leadership of disseminating information. The Church is always called on to distribute hurricane relief, trusted by national and international government and private sector agencies alike over many decades.
Hurricane Dorian hit the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September as a category 5 monster storm, unprecedented and extensive. We have never seen or imagined devastation like this in this country. The actual damage is incomprehensible: tens of miles of infrastructure, thousands of buildings decimated and hundreds of acres of cropland destroyed. It will take years to rebuild both islands.
The most heartbreaking thing is the humanitarian crisis with more than 65,000 people in upheaval or displaced, suffering and anguished. This reality will cause mass evacuation as the wounded economy terrain cannot sustain the current population.
Two of our Number
Abaco and Grand Bahama are two of our 25 islands on which can be found 14 congregations comprising 7000 persons.
We want to do all we can to help them and the entire community.
Many friends and partners, local and foreign, have assisted us. In the USA in particular, we have worked closely with Father Jonathan Archer at Christ Episcopal Church (3481 Hibiscus Street, Coconut Grove, Florida, 33133, telephone: 1-305-442-8542). His parish launched a successful relief effort, collecting, sorting, packing and shipping relief supplies to us from persons all over South Florida and beyond. He has been our chief hurricane relief agent in the USA and has also collected donations on our behalf.
Please consider a donation of whatever you can afford. No amount is too small.
Your generous donations will go towards:
fruits and vegetables
Disinfectants, detergents and cleaning supplies
Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
Toiletries including personal hygiene items
Baby items(formula, diapers, Etc) Temporary shelter equipment
Chainsaws and other tools Portable stoves and cooking utensils
Water treatment and filtration supplies
Mosquito repellent and netting Building Supplies
Flashlights and batteries
Tools and Gloves
Clothing for adults and children