Weʼve raised $8,303 to Help rebuild Barbuda after the devastation of Hurricane Irma which hit the island on 6th September.
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- Funded on Friday, 13th October 2017
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On 6th September our sister island of Barbuda was struck with the full force of Hurricane Irma leaving the island 95% destroyed with the majority of the 1,800 residents without their homes.
We at Blue Waters feel it is our duty to help our family in Barbuda to help rebuild the infrastructure and homes. We would very much appreciate any help you can provide to help us reach our target of $10,000.
To say thank you for your generosity we will be providing at random one supporter with a complimentary 7 night stay for two people in the Cove Suites on an all inclusive basis*
Our thoughts are with the people of Barbuda and across the Caribbean to all who have been affected by Irma.
We wanted to leave you with an article taken from the Caribbean Journal which speaks of the Caribbean spirit and says more than we could ever about the wonderful people of our island nations.
On Oct. 9, 1780, the Great Hurricane came to the Caribbean.
Huracan San Calixto lasted 11 days in the West Indies, pummeling the southeastern Caribbean with terrifying winds as high as 200 miles per hour, destroying homes and livelihoods.
Almost 22,000 people died across the West Indies in islands including Barbados, Martinique, St Lucia, St Eustatius then northern islands like Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.
This terrible tempest remains the deadliest recorded hurricane in the history of the Western Hemisphere. Everything was washed away. Or so it seemed.
Just about every island in the Caribbean has its own hurricane story, from Omar in Nevis to Ivan in Grenada to the Great Storm of Cayman Brac in 1932.
But all of these islands are still here. And they are not going anywhere.
Because that’s the thing about Caribbean people: they cannot be defeated. They rebuild, they restore and they live again.
It is the cost of the region’s unimaginable natural beauty that, by the caprice of fate, there is the periodic risk of ruin, an intermittent reminder of the supremacy of Mother Nature.
But after each storm, after each tragedy, the Caribbean waves its finger at Mother Nature; “storms may come and go, but we are here to stay.”
There is nothing to be said of this past week’s tragedies that has not yet been said, and our hearts go out to the people who died.
What needs to be said is this: the Caribbean will rebuild.
It will not be easy, it may not be quick, but it will happen.
And then think of the destinations that escaped Irma’s wrath: Barbados, the vast majority of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Guadeloupe, Punta Cana, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, the Colombian Caribbean, the Venezuelan Caribbean, Belize, Panama, Honduras, the Mexican Caribbean … the list goes on. That’s along with islands like Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Croix and Providenciales, places which were “largely” unscathed and quickly getting back to business.
So what should you do, as someone who loves the Caribbean?
Of course, you should donate to any legitimate charity, send money to those in need, donate items for relief and recovery, something we’ll continue to highlight in the coming weeks.
But the biggest thing you can do for the livelihood of this whole region is to keep coming back to the Caribbean.
For now, keep traveling to the islands that were unaffected. Then, stay updated as islands rebuild and recover, and then travel there when they’re ready to welcome you.
Because tourism remains the life blood of the Caribbean — it is the way this beautiful region makes a living, and without it there is no oil or copper or large industry to fall back on.
It is the fundament of the Caribbean economy, and it is a direct conduit to the pocketbooks of the people of this region.
Hurricane Irma put the Caribbean in an unfortunate global spotlight. But in a few weeks, the spotlight will dim and the news cycle will forget.
You cannot forget.
Keep coming back. Because the Caribbean is still here. And it is not going anywhere.
* Stay does not include flights or transfer. Travel between 1st May and 10th October 2018.
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Oct 12, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people affected. Hope they rebuild and become stronger.
Oct 12, 2017
Praying for health and strenght for all affected to rebuild and go on.
Bill Howard & Liz Kaplan
Oct 10, 2017
Oct 8, 2017
Hope this little helps the people of Barbuda
Oct 7, 2017
Oct 6, 2017
Keep up the good work and look forward to returning in the future
Oct 5, 2017
God bless Berbuda.
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