How to Help Neighboring Caribbean Islands in Aftermath of Recent Hurricanes
While Dominica fared well in Hurricane Irma’s path in August 2017, Hurricane Maria—which forcefully struck just one month later—left a devastating impact on Secret Bay, our staff, families and our beloved island. Yet, the strength to restore resort grounds and villas has multiplied exponentially by virtue of the outpouring of support from neighboring islands and nations, and we’re thrilled to offer a re-opening date alongside a host of new offerings.
While we work towards that goal, however, we are also working to help our neighbors who faced similarly adverse aftermaths—and you can, too. Below, find a handful of immediate ways you can come to the aid of those in need.
In order to get our neighbors back on their feet, collective support from the public is imperative. First and foremost, monetary donations are the most beneficial way to help those impacted by each of the hurricane’s devastation. Such endowments are crucial in providing basic supplies to those in need, including water, food and medicine. If you choose to donate online through Global Givings’ Hurricane Irma Relief Fund, Hurricane Maria Secret Bay Staff Relief or UNICEF, all funds will provide immediate emergency relief and longer-term recovery assistance to help residents rebuild.
Another way in which one can help is by offering a safe shelter to those whose homes have been decimated by the hurricanes. If your residence has withstood Hurricane Irma or Maria’s wrath, Airbnb has organized a commendable program for homeowners to open their doors to evacuees as an emergency shelter. For more information on signing up your home, click here.
GoFundMe has opened an Irma-specific fundraising page for any related campaigns. Here, one can donate to local fundraising campaigns such as American University of Antigua (AUA)’s Barbuda Relief Fund, dedicated to providing emergency supplies, water and medicine to those who have been displaced or otherwise impacted by the hurricane.
At Secret Bay, we are committed to helping our neighbors both confront and overcome the ravages of some of of the largest hurricanes to ever hit the Caribbean. Any support you can offer is vital. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding donation opportunities. Together, we can make a difference.