Antigua and Barbuda is another Caribbean country has recently been severely affected by Hurricane Irma. Antigua & Barbuda is a sovereign state located southeast of Puerto Rico where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet. The population on the country is estimated to be around 94,731, with 97% of the population living on the island of Antigua. Hurricane Irma has been one of the strongest storms ever measured in Atlantic waters and has caused catastrophic damage to the country of Antigua & Barbuda. Mainly the Island of Barbuda has been affected, with 95% of the infrastructure on the island being completely destroyed leaving the island uninhabitable. The only thing that remains on the island are the lives that people once knew, debris of pummeled houses, government offices, schools, shops and healthcare facilities. Hurricane Irma has even taken the life of a two- year-old infant as she was dragged out of her mothers arms by ferocious winds.
The natives of Barbuda were forced to leave the island and what little they had behind to be evacuated to Antigua, and for the first time in 300 years no one is living in on Barbuda. A civilization that once existed for so long has simply been extinguished within hours and now no longer exits. Generations after generations of people have lived on the island of Barbuda and they simply know nothing else as their way of life. They have strong attachment and a feeling of belonging to the island. The Antiguan government have done what they can to provide immediate support to the people of Barbuda but it simply isn't enough. Many survivors who have had their lives ripped apart by hurricane Irma are still in need of more food, shelter, clothing and support. In addition, the re-building of Barbuda is said to cost around £50 Million for just houses alone. A small country like Antigua & Barbuda does't not have the financial ability to simply support itself like that.
This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of short-term and long term recovery assistance in terms of food, shelter,clothing and support along with the rebuilding project that is set to happen in Barbuda. All donations will exclusively be given to the relief efforts of local organizations including ABSAR's Barbuda Relief Fund and The Halo Foundation who will then use the funds appropriately.
I would like to personally say thanks to all who donates in advance. The people of Barbuda greatly appreciates your donations.