Let the Renovations Begin!

Let the Renovations begin! After the storm had subsided, and the floodwaters receded, with the children safely bundled off to their temporary new home in New Providence,  The Children’s Home was left with a big, soggy, smelly mess.  Wonderful, generous volunteers from The Freeport Rugby Club, Bahamas Adventures, The Rotary Club, and so many more showed up with supplies to make certain the children were cared for.  Teams of volunteers from far and wide arrived with face masks and work gloves, to empty the buildings of their ruined contents:  The Scientology Volunteer Ministry, a huge, great gang from Bahamas Relief Cruise, the Trinidad & Tobago Defense Force, Cristina Zenato from Unexso and some good, strong arms who accompanied her, as well as many local friends and family of the Children’ Home.  It took days and days to empty the buildings of everything from school bags to beds to refrigerators.  There are not ample words to express our great appreciation for all of these fantastic human beings.  But we hope that every single of of them understand just how thankful we are for their assistance.

And now we’re on to the real destruction, before the rebuilding can truly begin – Huge thanks to d’Sean Smith and Spartan Builders, for ridding the Children’s Home of the mouldy sheetrock and ruined floor tiles. One step closer to getting our kids back in their beds! #backintheirbeds

There’s still a long way to go, and so much to replace; please help by clicking on the link below, and donating to our GoFundMe page!  There is no contribution too small or too big!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/Rebuild-Grand-Bahama-Childrens-Home?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
 

Children’s Home Ravaged by Hurricane Dorian

Since 1977, The Grand Bahama Children’s Home has been committed to helping children who, through no fault of their own, are unable to be raised in their own homes.

The Home provides these beautiful little boys and girls a safe place to thrive; an anxiety-free home where their bellies are full, they have full access to daily education, a big yard to play in, wonderful, loving people who care for them, and cozy beds to sleep in at night.

The Children’s Home was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.

Thirty-two children (12 girls and 20 boys, ranging in age from 3 months to 14 years) had to be bundled up and evacuated to a shelter late at night, in the middle of the storm, as floodwaters rose around them at an alarming rate. Thankfully everyone made it to safety.

The children have lost everything.

The structure of the Children’s Home buildings is sound.  But the contents are a total loss.  The entirety will need to be gutted.  The children have lost everything; from clothing to toothbrushes to books and toys.  The Home itself lost all its possessions as well; fridges, stoves, freezers, sofas – everything is gone. As a result, the children have been moved over to another home on a different island, until we can restore The Grand Bahama Children’s Home.

First and foremost, we are grateful that the children and staff of the Home are all safe.  Although we prepared well for hurricane Dorian with food and water supplies, generators, and battery-powered lamps, we were not ready for the sheer force of the storm, and we were helpless against the rising floodwaters.

We need your help.

We will restore The Grand Bahama Children’s Home as quickly as possible so that the kids can come back home. But we need help.  Lots of help. We are reaching out to the kind, good, and generous spirit we find every day in our community, and from cities around the world, to come to our rescue through donations of all kinds.

Donate Towards The Grand Bahama Children’s Home

We have created an emergency fund to assist with the reassembling of The Grand Bahama Children’s Home.  We make this urgent plea for donations – please help us get our children back in their beds!

Donation by Making A Difference Organization

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The Grand Bahama Children’s Home wishes to thank Ms. Jermin Adams, President and Members of the Making A Difference Organization for their Financial Donation & Christmas gifts for our children!!! #grateful #ittakesavillage #gbch