On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, as a Category 5 hurricane and destroyed 95% of Barbuda. The entire island of approx. 1,500 residents was evacuated since it became completely uninhabitable.
In the aftermath of such historic devastation, Barbudians from the United States launched an effort to help the island recover. The Barbuda Relief Network (BRN) (www.brninc.org) was founded by native Barbudians in order to assist in the islands recovery and continued development.
So far, the BRN has brought basic necessities to Barbuda so that its population can return and rebuild the island. Specifically:
- BRN has distributed approximately 50 bicycles for free so that children who have returned with their families have transportation to school (all school buses were destroyed in the hurricane).
- BRN has distributed 3 classrooms of donated school desks and chairs, along with hundreds of textbooks for elementary school students.
- BRN contributed the only functional hospital bed, walkers, wheelchairs and medical supplies to the island’s only hospital.
Moving forward, BRN is working with the Antigua and Barbuda government to facilitate the restoration of Barbudan schools and hospital.
We need your help! Much help is still needed, especially with current COVID-19 related events. Please take a moment to visit BRN’s website homepage and click the “Donate” button at the top of the page to make a donation. Click the “Contact” button and fill out the short form to donate any goods. BRN is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization for which every donation will receive a receipt acknowledging your contribution.