Disaster Relief in The Bahamas

All Hands and Hearts

On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in The Bahamas with wind speeds in excess of 185mph, lashing The Bahamian islands of Great Abaco (pop. ~17,200) and Grand Bahama (pop. ~51,000). After striking The Bahamas, Dorian’s traveling speed slowed to 1 mph over Grand Bahama, prolonging the island’s exposure to life-threatening storm surges of 18-23 feet above normal tide levels. Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record for The Bahamas and has tied a record for the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall.

With immense support from our local and global partners, we restored the Every Child Counts School and Little Darlings Academy in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, as well as continued work on residential homes.

Alongside our work in schools, our teams continue to work on a variety of needs for residential homes. We continue to engage in response work including mucking and gutting, debris removal, and mold sanitation. Additionally, as roof repair continues to be one of the highest needs for residents on Abaco, we’re running our Resilient Roof Repair & Rebuild Program to support these needs in as many homes as possible.

Our focus has shifted from schools to repairing residential homes affected by Hurricane Dorian. Join us as we enter the next phase of our recovery work in The Bahamas. Trained staff will be working to continue our Resilient Roof Repair Program while volunteers work on the Interior Rebuild program.

Join us for a 30-day commitment from November 22, 2021 to December 21, 2021, or from January 3, 2022 to February 1, 2022. Volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered.

How to apply

Learn more about our Bahamas program by visiting our Bahamas Program page or apply now!

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