The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, and the vast devastation it left in the Bahamas on people’s lives and property, was heartbreaking. C&S stepped up quickly to assist with immediate needs on the islands by making grants to:
- American Red Cross for the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Bahamas Red Cross
- The IFRC intends to be on the islands for a year to provide shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance.
- World Central Kitchen
- Chef Jose Andres is establishing kitchens in 3 locations and is providing ingredients and preparation for hot meals; food and chefs, transported by helicopter, were among the first responders on the islands.
- World Food Programme (WFP)
- The WFP, in close cooperation with Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), has teams on the ground assessing the situation. WFP is planning an initial emergency response that includes food assistance for 39,000 people for 3 months to begin with. Emergency food will be distributed in the form of 8 metric tons of ready-to-eat meals available from a supplier in Miami. WFP will also support the logistics and emergency telecommunications sectors of the response.