Many people associate the Bahamas with stunning natural beauty, ample sunshine, and resort-dotted islands. For us, though, it means much more. Liquidus is stationed in the Bahamas, and we work closely the Bahamian business leaders to bring innovative solutions to the people and companies operating there. This is home to us, and they need help.
When Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1, it left a trail of devastation in its wake. The brutal storm destroyed Acaco Island and Grand Bahama, prompting UN Secretary General António Guterres to say, “I’ve never seen such a level of systematic devastation. Hurricane Dorian has been classified as Category Five. I think it’s Category Hell.”
While the Bahamas was spared another direct hit from Hurricane Humberto, which was hot on Dorian’s heels, the island nation is struggling to recover. The death toll stands at 50 with 1300 people still unaccounted for; thousands have been evacuated to emergency shelters, and some 15,000 are still without shelter and food. In hard-hit Marsh Harbour, no buildings remain standing. Survivor Phillip Pinder says, “We saw death, but luckily, death didn’t see us.”
Dorian battered the Bahamas for two days, its 185 mph winds wreaking havoc. The Abacos, for example, experienced extensive damage to the power supply system. Marsh Harbour’s power station was completely destroyed and every pole on a 20-mile stretch is down. The situation is dire: people must cope with short-term crises, such as securing shelter, water, food, and medical aid. The nation faces a long path to recovery as it seeks to reestablish power, rebuild communities, and restore services.
We have found the Bahamian people and culture to be not only welcoming and warm but open to innovation and to enriching opportunities for its people. The recent strides they have made in building a thriving digital infrastructure are incredible: undoubtedly, they will apply the same ingenuity, spirit, and determination to rebuild their physical infrastructure. But they’re not in this alone.
Liquidus is committed to helping our Bahamian community during this difficult time. If you would like to join us in supporting the work that’s happening on the ground, consider:
Should You Send Money or Goods?
The Bahamian Government issued a list of urgently needed goods, including medical supplies, personal hygiene products, clothing, food, etc., and the Bahamian Red Cross also requested baby supplies, nonperishable food, bedding, and cleaning items.
Financial assistance, though, is the most flexible gift. Barry Rassin, President and CEO of Doctors Hospital Health System in Nassau, says, “Cash is king. For us to rebuild these communities, we need funds.” This enables your donation to be used to make the biggest impact, and you can see where and how it is spent. As NPR report Jason Beaubien says, “Officials here, for instance, don’t want to be inundated with cans of green beans when what they really need is telephone poles.”
Please consider donating to hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas.
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