Islands of hope in a sea of devastation
In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian tore through Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in the Bahamas. It was one of the worst storms on record to hit the country, causing widespread damage and forcing 70,000 people from their homes.
To provide affected children with opportunities to play, learn, and grow, IsraAID’s specialists established 10 Child-Friendly Spaces across three islands to meet children’s immediate needs as schools were shut down and routine was disrupted. We recruited and trained local volunteers to facilitate these spaces, focusing on key psychosocial tools to support children in times of uncertainty and chaos.