Before Hurricane Irma, the peaceful island of Barbuda – better-known Antigua’s neighbor – had 1,700 happy residents and a thriving tourist industry. Now, the island has nothing. Irma – a Category 5 hurricane when it hit the island – wiped out almost 100% of the buildings and infrastructure of the island, and every resident was forced to evacuate. As far as we can find out, most of the evacuees are sheltering on Antigua.
How to help:
For starters, our government here in the US could repay our online gambling debt finally. That $273M USD would certainly help rebuilding efforts. Let your representatives know that this important to you using ResistBot.io, social media, or a phone call.
Robert De Niro and James Packer have appealed to the UN to offer aid to the island, pointing out – correctly – that sister island Antigua can not handle a rebuilding of this size alone. Amplify their pleas by contacting the UN or sharing on social media.
Direct Donate via Antigua and Barbuda’s Dept of Tourism
Antigua and Barbuda’s government has also set up special accounts exclusively for Barbuda donations. Donation instructions:
• ANTIGUA COMMERCIAL BANK
Local deposits can be made to The Antigua Commercial Bank: Barbuda Relief and Rebuilding Fund: Account No. 100004717
• CARIBBEAN UNION BANK
Local deposits can also be made to The Caribbean Union Bank Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund, Account No. 10001372
• INSTRUCTIONS FOR INCOMING US DOLLAR WIRE TRANSFERS:
56A: Intermediary Bank – Name and Address:
BNY Mellon, New York
SWIFT ID: IRVTUS3N
ABA #: 021000018
57A: Account with Institution – Name and Address
Crown Agents Bank Ltd, Sutton
SWIFT ID: CRASGB2L
59: Beneficiary Customer – Name and Address:
Caribbean Union Bank Ltd
Friars Hill Road, Antigua
SWIFT ID: CUNBAGAG
Account # 33178101
70: Ultimate Beneficiary Customer – Account Name, Number, Address
100-013-72 GOAB Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund
So far, UNICEF is the only international organization we know of (and trust) that is including Barbuda in it’s relief efforts. We’ll add to this post if that changes.
National and international charities are helping other islands in the area, including AmeriCares (medical supplies), Convoy of Hope, Direct Relief (medical supplies), Global Giving, and International Medical Corps. HOWEVER, it is key to note that none have designated Barbuda a specific aid recipient as of this writing. Most are focused on the US virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and Cuba right now. You can help by tweeting them, emailing them and calling them and asking them to add Barbuda to their list.
Know of a charity helping Barbuda that we missed? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments and we’ll add it.