Friday 29 May, 2020

UPDATE: How to contribute to the Hurricane Irma relief effort

Relief items being organised in Antigua today. (PHOTO: ABS Television/Radio)

Relief items being organised in Antigua today. (PHOTO: ABS Television/Radio)

UPDATE [September 10]: 

A collection drive is being organised to deliver essential items to the people affected by Hurricane Irma.

It is being coordinated by local CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, Barbadians who have graduated from Cuban universities and members of the Riddim Tribe Dance group, along with the Venezuelan Institute of Culture and Cooperation and the Clement Payne Movement.

They are appealing to individuals and businesses to donate food, toiletries, clothing and medication to be sent to Antigua and Barbuda by a military plane being provided by the Government of Venezuela.

Donations can be delivered to:

Clement Payne Centre, Roebuck Street (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Venezuelan Institute, Hastings (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

Barrels are also located at the Barbados Community College Book Source, Student Guild of the  UWI Cave Hill Campus, and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall.

Organisers are requesting that all donations be made by September 15 in preparation to send the items out next weekend.



As relief efforts begin for the Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricane Irma this week, agencies, organisations and individuals in Barbados are mobilising to gather essential supplies.

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce (BBCI) announced today that it is coordinating a relief effort to these northern Leeward Islands. It said the Government of Antigua and Barbuda had reached to the BCCI, requesting immediate humanitarian assistance in the form of the items listed below:

- Water
- Food – canned food, biscuits, dry food, baby food/formula
- Cleaning products – detergent and disinfectant
- Toiletries – hand soap, sanitary napkins, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, combs, shampoo and conditioner.
- Linens – sheets, towels, wash rags
- Clothing for all ages (male and female) – shoes, underwear, pampers (adult and baby), shirts, pants and dresses
- School supplies

The BCCI advised that items can be brought to the BCCI Secretariat in Braemar Court, Deighton Road, St. Michael on or before September 19.



Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, indicated at a press conference on Thursday, that cash donations should be given to CDEMA’s Emergency Assistance Fund in the immediate term until a needs assessment can be done to determine what each affected territory needs.

More details on how to donate to the CDEMA Emergency Assistance Fund here:

For donations of Hurricane Irma relief supplies, pledges can be emailed to or through contacting your respective National Disaster Organization (NDO). Click the following link for the NDO contact list

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