Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Response: the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute activates ‘Boots On The Ground’

Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Response: the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute activates ‘Boots On The Ground’

PHOTOS FROM THE ABACO ISLANDS COURTESY OF THE INTERNATIONAL BLACK WOMEN’S PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE

On August 24, 2019, Hurricane Dorian barreled its way onto the shores of the islands of the Bahamas and left devastation in its wake. In response to Bahamas' unceasing need, the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) has activated its “IBWPPI Boots on the Ground - Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Response.”  

IBWPPI has secured volunteers to collect rain boots, used firefighter boots, and police uniform boots that are sturdy and safe for walking and working in water. To date, they have dispatched city coordinators in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Dallas. In addition to coordinators in the United States, country coordinators in the Bahamas and Bermuda have also been established.   

IBWPPI’s plan is two-fold: 1) to provide immediate needs to families by distributing 200 boots/socks and toiletries care packages, and 2) provide financial restoration support for families to help jump-start their lives.

The goal is to support 200 families in critical need for one year. IBWPPI intends to purchase and ship 200 pairs of much-needed work and rain-boots with socks along with toiletries care packages to the Bahamas as soon as possible. These boots will be distributed to women, men, and children and will help prevent waterborne diseases that can cause other major health problems. IBWPPI implemented a similar project with their partner, Community2Community (C2C), in Haïti for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. “We know this kind of help is needed, it works and saves lives!” stated, President Barbara A. Perkins.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Funds are urgently needed to ship boots and supplies. IBWPPI has set up a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/f/ hurricane-relief-support-for-the-bahamas.

 Help is needed today! All donations for this effort will go directly to purchasing and shipping necessary items to the Bahamas. IBWPPI emphasizes that they a small staff with low administration costs; therefore, contributions will go directly and immediately to the people who need it the most.

 IBWPPI is led by a collective of intergenerational women leaders representing the interests of women in countries throughout the African Diaspora, including North America, the Caribbean, as well as, countries throughout the continent of Africa. 

To support or for more information, visit ibwppi.org.

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