Barbuda is one of the 2 major islands that make up the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This small land mass suffered the ferocity of the first landfall of Hurricane Irma’s eye as a Category 5 storm. The entire island has been rendered uninhabitable with 97% of all structures destroyed. The entire population of over 1,800 people have been evacuated to shelters in nearby Antigua. For the first time in 300 years there is no human population on the island and many of the domesticated animals which had to left behind are becoming feral.
Barbuda is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, and is rocky and very flat. Known for its miles of secluded pink- and white-sand beaches and it’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary, the island is home to more than 150 other rare bird species including the yellow Barbuda Warbler – the only one of its kind in the world.
The residents of Barbuda are displaced and eager to return and rebuild however the road home is long and complex. Unlike many of it’s island neighbors ( St.Maarten, Anguilla, the BVI’s and Puerto Rico) who suffered similar unimaginable destruction, Barbuda is part of a small sovereign nation with much less resources available to aid in it’s recovery. The Government of Antigua/Barbuda will have to depend on international aid and investment to rebuild life on the island. The primary concerns beyond the estimated $350,000,000 (US) price tag of that recovery are the protections of Barbudan land rights and of the extremely fragile and unique ecosystem.
There are many ways to help. There are critical needs that have to be addressed immediately. It is also critical to think of the long term work needed to help Barbudans return home and rebuild a functional society . To give now below you will find a list of effective charities and organizations that have been supplied from trusted local sources.Consider taking the pledge to stay connected to Barbuda and their recovery by committing to giving in the future so creating lasting impact. Planning a visit to Antigua, which escaped major damage, would also help the economy. You can also commit to learning more and hopefully doing more about Climate Change and it’s impact on us all but particularly the most vulnerable places on earth.
Dogs and Cats of Antigua
A registered non-profit working out of St.John’s, Antigua with a mission to assist animals in distress and increase the welfare and protection of dogs and cats on the island.
Humane society of Antigua and Barbuda
Providing shelter and humane care to all animals in need of protection in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Waitt Institute endeavors to ensure ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable use of ocean resources.The Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust (BRCT) is an emergency-relief fund to help rebuild the island of Barbuda.
To help these islands recover one of the most important things you can give is your long term attention. Take the pledge to stay informed about the recovery and needs of these special places. Any help now or in the future can make a difference. Also consider promising to visit the Caribbean soon. These islands all depend on Tourism to survive. You can even simply pledge to learn more and do more about Climate Change, that helps us all. Take the pledge, share it with your friends and make a lasting difference.