Enabling Progress and Building More Resilient Communities
Our work has purpose, and what we do makes a difference.
We respond with urgency and sensitivity in times of disaster. While over the medium-term, we help build more resilient communities by providing funding, technology and upskilling to enable progress and build local economies. The result: people are better able to cope with future adversity.
We’re extremely proud of the Foundation’s work since it was established in 2017. Here are some of our achievements:
- Emergency supplies distributed to thousands in in BVI, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Puerto Rico via a US$100,000 donation to Shelterbox
- Primary and secondary students in Dominica, Anguilla, and TCI are learning in stronger, safer facilities due to grants totaling US$750,000
- The people of Dominica are closer to getting their only public library rebuilt as a result of a US$200,000 grant
- Thousands of young people in vulnerable communities are learning new skills via a US$70,000 donation to: Puerto Rico (US$25,000 to PR4PR), Curacao (US$25,000 to Curacao Cares) and Jamaica (US$20,000 to the Flow Foundation for the Duhaney Park Primary School)
- We donated US$100,000 to support those affected by floods in Trinidad and most recently granted US$100,000 to Walkers Institute for Regenerative Research, Education and Design (WIRRED). This Barbados-based NGO focuses on enhancing ecosystems to help communities adapt and be resilient in the face of climate change.
- We supported the recovery of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, by donating $485,000 to get emergency supplies, including food, water and generators to hospitals, doctors and shelters.
- We also donated $50,000 to the Disaster Committee of the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama to help repair homes across the island and to get supplies to those most in need. We also gave a grant of $25,000 to World Central Kitchen to provide hot meals to thousands who were displaced by Hurricane Dorian.
- To support the thousands of students displaced by the hurricane, we gave a grant of $100,000 to One on One Education to roll out a virtual education program.
- We are currently supporting on-line education initiatives in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. See more on our work related to the pandemic here.
These projects are helping communities and nations to not only recover from crises, but also to support them in becoming more resilient and enable economic progress.
To learn more about our work, please read our 2019 year-end newsletter here.