Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused devastating damage to many islands in the Caribbean this past fall of 2017. Many humanitarians rushed to the aide of those who were directly affected by these disastrous storms. Puerto Rico, Barbuda, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands are just some of the islands that suffered extreme losses in beloved human life, resources and housing.
The world watched as storm after storm seemed to relentlessly hammer these tiny islands. Thanks to modern advancements in weather prediction technology many residents were able to evacuate or prepare to ride out these storms. Basic energy services were left utterly useless. Many islands were left without electric, running water and necessities. Some regions are still working on regaining proper electric services and drinking water. While many countries rushed in to help those directly impacted by supplying clean drinking water, food and basic daily essentials there is still a long path to recovery. For months electricians have been working tirelessly to restore power to all of these residences and businesses that were left in the dark. Infrastructure teams have been working around the clock to rebuild buildings, houses and roads. Roads that were literally washed away prevented much needed supplies from reaching more isolated or rural locations.
The NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund Inc. has set a hefty goal of fund raising $5,000,000 to support and rebuild these one popular tourist destinations. One of the most important factors is tourism. These islands rely on the money that tourists spend. Getting hotels and travel hot spots opened and fully operational will help draw in tourists one again. Andrew Farkas, CEO of IGY Marinas is involved with the organization. NYC Easter Caribbean Relief Fund Inc. was able to already complete one round of charitable donations. They selected five island local charities that would each receive $125,000 each and they have since started collecting more relief and rebuild donations. Through relentless fund raising and persistent help efforts these islands will eventually recover from these storms and become thriving vacation spots once again.