Church is supporting communities affected by hurricanes in the West Indies

USPG has sent emergency grants to Anglican dioceses in West Indies where Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused devastation. 

In particular, we have been in regular contact with two of the most severely affected dioceses, namely the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, and the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands.

Alongside emergency grants from our Rapid Response Fund, we continue to offer our prayers and solidarity.

Devastation caused by Hurricane IrmaCredit: Ministry of Defense, Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons

In the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, reported damage included:

  • On Grand Turk, flooding and major damage to buildings and roofs;
  • On Providenciales, flooding and major damage to houses and other buildings, including 500 power lines down and the roofs blown off St Monica’s Church and Rectory;
  • All of Ragged Island was devastated and is now uninhabitable – Holy Innocents Church is still standing, although water got inside;
  • On Inagua island, homes and public buildings damaged.

This snapshot offers a picture of what happened across many islands in the province.

The church is doing what it can to offer practical supported to affected communities.

In the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, this emergency response has included:

  • Collecting materials and offerings from the islands least-affected to assist those that are most affected;
  • Providing medical supplies, food, water, clothing, building materials and bedding to those directly affected (USPG’s emergency grant will help to cover the cost);
  • Organising counselling to provide comfort for those dealing with bereavement, shock, the loss of homes or relocation.

Please continue to pray for the people of the West Indies.

And please make a donation to our Rapid Response Fund to help ensure that USPG can supply emergency grants when future disasters happen.

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