Hurricane Dorian left parts of the Bahamas devastated, but there are two major ways to help the Bahamas . One way is to donate money, goods or time right now to the organizations you’ll find at the end of this post.
and secondly, which may be hard to believe, but according to Forbes.com you can help by planning “to travel to one of the many Bahamian islands that remain unscathed by the hurricane. The Bahamian economy revolves around tourism, and the island-nation needs funds generated by travelers to continue recovery.”
“Yes, hotels in the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island are closed now, but that comprises less than 15% of the country’s hotel inventory. The southeastern and central Bahamas were far less affected by the hurricane, and hotels and resorts in the capital of Nassau and in neighboring Paradise Island remain open, as do those in the majority of Bahamas 700-plus islands and cays.”
If you had made previous travel plans to go to any of these islands, check ahead and keep them, if possible. And if you don’t yet have plans, consider making them.
Here are the organizations that are taking donations:
The American Red Cross is online.
– The Salvation Army is accepting money.
– Project Hope, an international health-care organization, is accepting donations.
– Americares sends aid and medicine.
– Habitat for Humanity will be helping rebuild houses.
– Team Rubicon is a veteran support organization, staging resources and support.
– World Central Kitchen teams are providing food on Grand Bahama and the Abacos. Chef José Andrés’ organization is once again helping the hungry.
– Check with your local state or county relief efforts. Among others, The National Association of the Bahamas, based in Miami and working with the Bahamas consul general there, has set up a Hurricane Relief Fund.
– New Florida Majority partnered with a dozen South Florida organizations, including the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center and the Miami Workers Center—to support community emergency operations centers (CEOCs) in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Jacksonville.
– The Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund, set up by the Bahamian government, is accepting wire transfers.
– The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency has posted instructions here.
– Global Giving, a global crowdfunding platform, has set up the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund.