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The Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is informing the business community that the agency is still accepting donations towards the rebuilding efforts in Barbuda.
About 80 percent of all buildings in Barbuda were destroyed or severely damaged when Hurricane Irma struck last year September, leaving the island uninhabitable.
Almost a year later, there is still a significant amount of work that has to be done to restore the island.
Philmore Mullin said close to 400 homes on Barbuda that were damaged by the hurricane were repaired. However, there are about 163 homes that are yet to be completed.
“We welcome donations from any corporate businesses that are in a position to do so,” Mullin said.
He was speaking during a brief handing over ceremony of building supplies on Tuesday at the Antigua Port Authority.
The principals of James and Maginley Charity and Care yesterday handed over EC $500,000 worth of building materials which will go towards the rebuilding effort. This is the second time the charitable organisation is assisting in this way.
James and Maginley Charity and Care, is the charitable arm of James & Maginley Limited, a locally based company that provides consulting and general advisory services in its core areas of investment management, real estate and Citizenship by Investment.
Casroy James, one of the directors of the charity, said the mandate of the organisation is to identify specific needs within the community and offer assistance where possible.
“We listened to the reports and recognised that Barbuda is not where it was prior to the hurricane and we were very moved to continue our efforts to seek the resources for Barbuda. This will not be the last, we will continue to do this type of work …. Barbuda and the needs of the people [are] very close to our hearts,” James said.
Kirthley Maginley, another director and chief executive officer, said the donation was made possible by international clients who responded to the company’s request for assistance for Barbuda and the nature isle of Dominica.