The British Virgin Islands (BVI), are a British Overseas Territory, located east of Puerto Rico. These small islands experienced the full onslaught of Hurricane Irma on September 19th as the “dirty side” (the upper left quadrant – the most ferocious part of the storm) engulfed the 4 main islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other smaller islands and cays.
Tortola suffered the worst damage with it’s capital Road Town left in ruin. Almost every structure has been damaged and most basic services have been rendered inoperative. British Virgin Islanders are British citizens and may be slightly more fortunate to have the support of the British Government as they determine how to rebuild their infrastructure. That however does not change the massive task ahead and the need for help, basic and long term assistance and aid from the international community will be essential to the recovery. With almost total devastation,the needs are great.
There are many ways to help. There are cirtical needs that have to be addressed immediately. It is also critical to think of the long term work needed to help the people of the BVI rebuild their lives. 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 the British Virgin Islands and their recovery by committing to giving in the future so creating lasting impact. 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.
BVI Hurricane Relief
All donations are sent directly to local churches that are currently organizing fundraising efforts. Every dollar donated will be transferred to these charities with no cost or adjustments.
Tola Beverage Relief Fund
TOLA Beverage Co. is helping to restart the economy
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.