Hi, I’m Crystal A. deGregory, a professional historian known to some as Dr. de and to others as HBCUstorian. I just rode out Hurricane Dorian on my native Grand Bahama.
Ordinarily, the schoolchildren of Grand Bahama would have been smartly uniformed on their way to school on Monday, September 2. Instead, they were hunkered down in a terrifying second-day of Hurricane Dorian.
The people of the Northern Bahamas suffered unimaginable losses as a result of the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. As one of the strongest hurricanes on modern record, the storm’s unbelievably slow trek across Grand Bahama battered its residents for two days. The toll of its devastation on the built environment is amplified by the fact that the island has suffered the wrath of now nine major hurricanes since just 1999.
I can tell you that these people are smart, determined and brave. I wouldn’t be where I am and most importantly who I am, without them. They need help—now, more than ever.
Please help me to help the littlest of my courageous people—Bahamian children. “For the Children” is a fund to support supplying the purchase and distribution of school uniforms and supplies so that children in affected areas can return to school and the normalcy school provides.
Bahamian schoolchildren are expected to arrive at school with supplies and they are all required to wear uniforms. These little survivors will soon be required to return to school whether or not their parents have the means to support them. Your gift will make their returns with necessary provisions possible.
Whether great or small, you gift will go a long way and serve to help me to help the good people of Grand Bahama Island. All monies will be put to use in aid of children on Grand Bahama. Many are answering the call to rebuild Grand Bahama’s infrastructure. Please help building the futures of these brave children.
I am in on the island of Grand Bahama for most of the time from now through January. Along with a volunteer team, we are assembling the bags with school supplies for distribution to elementary students at the worse affected primary schools on the island, Hugh Campbell and Maurice Moore, respectively.
We are also establishing a voucher program with affected students to receive a uniform in conjunction with local uniform shops.
Raised funds will be evenly divided between the two efforts and the money will be spent in intervals of $1,500 to $2,000.
Thank you sincerely for your support.
#BahamasStrong Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. @hbcustorian