The Bahamas

map of The Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in early September 2019, destroying 45% of homes on Abaco and Grand Bahama and causing $3.4 billion of damage. The Category Five storm, considered the worst in the country’s history, severely damaged key infrastructure and left affected communities without safe access to safe water. With hurricane-affected communities at high risk of severe psychological impact due to trauma and instability, further exacerbated by evacuation and temporary living arrangements, building local capacity toward providing Psychosocial Support within the education system is key to cultivating a network of resources to help vulnerable community members.


Statistics

Population
385,000
Displaced by Hurricane Dorian
70,000
Damaged and/or Destroyed Homes
13,000
Damage Costs
$3.4 billion

IsraAID and The Bahamas

IsraAID’s Emergency Response team arrived on the ground on September 5, 2019 and launched a rapid needs assessment to identify areas of intervention. IsraAID, in collaboration with its partners in the Bahamas focused on three main sectors of work: relief item distribution, providing Protection services and psychosocial support, and implementing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene programs to return access to safe water to affected communities.

IsraAID will continue its efforts with its local partners, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Caribbean Israel Leadership Coalition of Churches (CILC); the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation; UNICEF; and the Bahamas’ Ministries of Education, of Youth, Culture and Sports, of Social Services and more.

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