Caribbean Islands: Samaritan’s Purse Still Helping Thousands Rebuild After 2017 Hurricanes
Elevate Christian Network :: News and Events
Nine months since Hurricane Irma and then Maria ravaged the Caribbean, Samaritan’s Purse is responding with one of the largest reconstruction projects we’ve ever undertaken. In cooperation with local churches, we’ve deployed teams to St. Martin, Barbuda, Dominica, and Puerto Rico to repair or rebuild up to 3,000 houses and over 100 churches.
We’re also working to meet an array of other needs—from restoring livelihoods to providing clean water. Through a variety of projects, we want everyone we help to know they can find lasting hope in Jesus Christ. Here are just a few examples:
Rebuilding Efforts in Dominica
When Hurricane Maria hammered Dominica, Auls Dorsett and his wife Cranie initially huddled in their bathroom. When the roof blew off, they crammed into a corner cabinet next to their kitchen sink and waited out the storm in there. Then for seven months they lived in a tent underneath their elevated home on an isolated mountainside.
Our team on Dominica are helping families in the poultry, fishing, and horticultural businesses regain their livelihoods. To aid poultry farmers, we’re rebuilding shelters, replacing chickens, and restocking feed. “The roof blew off my chicken house and I lost a lot of my birds,” said Vincent Younis, a poultry farmer since 2000. “I appreciate the help from Samaritan’s Purse.”
Hurricane Relief on Barbuda
We’re still providing clean, safe drinking water on Barbuda and Dominica. Every day Ganford James comes to our desalination station on Barbuda to fill up jugs and take them back home, where he’s fixing up his damaged house. We tarped his roof and provided a generator after Irma hit. “God bless Samaritan’s Purse. Thumbs up to you,” he said.
On Dominica, in addition to trucking in water to isolated communities, our teams are fixing taps, toilets, and other broken plumbing at primary and secondary schools. “It gave me joy that someone helped and cared about us,” said Kurtis Alcendor, a 6th-grade student at Grand Bay Primary School. | Read the full story…. samaritanspurse.org
- Many months after hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the Caribbean, Samaritan’s Purse continues rebuilding and restoration efforts for storm-weary residents. In all our work, we’re sharing the love of Jesus Christ.