Can We Help the Bahamas Rebuild?

The day after Hurricane Dorian hit, José Andrés of World Central Kitchens and his team were already serving 10,000 meals to people in the Bahamas. World Central Kitchens’ 227-foot boat, called Global, traveled from Fort Lauderdale filled with supplies for the aid mission. I talked earlier this year about World Central Kitchens (WCK), in my essay on José Andrés. For the past two weeks WCK has served people on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands 30,000 meals a day. That is an incredible feat. To see photos, click here.

This disaster reminds me of when Notre Dame’s roof burned. I was sad, but I knew it would be restored. Sure enough, within two days 1 billion dollars were pledged. Part of me was wondering if people would respond as strongly to a natural disaster. Then Dorian blasted the Bahamas with all its might. Several contributors have offered help: Michael Jordan, Disney, and Royal Caribbean Cruises are each donating a million dollars to rebuild the Bahamas. It’s not a billion dollars in 48 hours, but it’s a start.

Could we rebuild the Bahamas together? If you could spare $10 to $20, WCK is one good organization. They’ve been around for 9 years. I made a donation to World Central Kitchens this morning.

If you’d like to support a non-profit with over 10 years experience, see the Charity Navigator website. They recommend any non-profit from the following list:

World Vision
International Medical Corps
Children’s Hunger Fund
American Red Cross
All Hands and Hearts Smart Response
Water Mission
Save the Children
World Hope International
International Relief Teams
2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund
Direct Relief
Project HOPE
Coast Guard Foundation

Charity Navigator highlighted the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund, because it gives continuing relief. Their reconstruction efforts will go on far beyond the hurricane’s presence in the news cycle. I gave the amount I could afford to this organization as well.

If you are able to, please donate to this worthy cause.

Or, if you love to travel… Several hundred islands in the Bahamas were not damaged, like the capital Nasau on New Providence Island and Paradise Island. Resorts like The Island House, Baha Mar and Atlantis await tourists intact.

Together we can help secure food and shelter for thousands affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco. ¡Olé! –Rebecca

Rebecca Cuningham

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