Bringing Aid To Sint Maarten
K1 Britannia Foundation has continued to play a key role in the disaster relief efforts following both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Both hurricanes devastated much of the Caribbean and left many homeless and unemployed. Although the emergency relief phase in St Maarten is now over, K1 continues to provide water, food and materials to care-based institutions and vulnerable persons on the island.
K1 in collaboration with other organizations has also started working on rebuilding many of the institutions, daycares, and schools on the island. The goal is to help with equipment, materials and other supplies to get them back on their feet and fully functional by Christmas.
Supporting Those In Dominica
Together with Rapid Response Team, K1 expanded to Dominica to assist with the relief effort on the ground there. Rapid Response and K1 volunteers have been actively assisting international and local aid organizations in Dominica such as UNICEF, IOM, IsraAID, local Ministry of Education etc. to help with a variety of tasks.
One of their main tasks included the assessment of each of the 179 shelters on the island which were housing roughly 3000 Inter-displaced persons (IDP’s) affected by Hurricane Maria. They also aided in setting up tents for schools to use as classrooms whilst the buildings are being repaired and providing Trauma Counselling for local community leaders and school teachers to in turn be able to help their students to cope with what they have just been through.
K1, in collaboration with Rapid Response, continues to find long-term solutions for the rebuilding of St. Maarten and other islands in the Caribbean. One goal is to rebuild the maritime educational sector of the island. “We see this as an opportunity to partner with the marine companies on the island to help rebuild the sailing schools and also delve further into more maritime education opportunities to get local youth into the marine industry as a means of long-term job creation” said Vice-President of K1 Priya Thirumur.
Upcoming Boat Show
K1 Britannia Foundation will be having a stand at the Fort Lauderdale Boat show on 1st-5th of November where we hope to be able to raise support, awareness, and partnerships for the continued rebuilding programs in the Caribbean. We welcome anyone interested in more information to come and visit us there!
If you want to help be a part of the huge task we have at hand to rebuild the Caribbean make a donation online, ask us about partnership options or come visit us at the Fort Lauderdale boat show! For more information, to get involved and donate please visit our website: www.k1britanniafoundation.org / www.responseteam.ch