More help coming for The Bahamas

October 15, 2019
The items donated to relief efforts in The Bahamas.
The items donated to relief efforts in The Bahamas.

The CB Facey Foundation has answered the call of Jamaica's itelbpo's 4Ys Foundation, contributing US$15,000 to support communities ravaged by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas.

The Category 5 storm came ashore the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama with winds up to 185 mph, causing catastrophic damage, loss of life and leaving at least 70,000 homeless -- making it one of The Bahamas' most destructive hurricanes in history.

With a contact centre and over 150 employees in Freeport, Bahamas, the Jamaican-owned business process outsourcer itelbpo has on-the-ground understanding of the devastation in the region.

The company quickly mobilised its own task force and called on Jamaica's public and private sectors to help Bahamian communities rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane.

The company's 4Ys Foundation's GoFundMe campaign aims to raise US$100,000 in contributions.

To date, itelbpo has raised more than US$60,000, committing US$25,000 of its own funds.

One week after Dorian, US$30,000 had already been deployed by itelbpo's 4Ys Foundation in the form of disaster relief items, including medical devices, equipment, childcare and household items, and more.

With a commitment to supporting local initiatives, the CB Facey Foundation saw the urgent need to support itelbpo's 4Ys Foundation's relief efforts.

"We have watched in anguish as the people in The Bahamas have had to struggle to recoup, recover and eventually rebuild their lives. We were compelled to answer itelbpo's 4Ys Foundation's call," said Anna Ward, executive director of the CB Facey Foundation. "It is really heartening to be part of helping to rebuild, and to support families at this time. We all see the effects and devastation that can happen with natural disasters including hurricanes."

climate change

Hurricanes and tropical storms are naturally generated from the heat of the ocean. With oceans getting hotter from increased greenhouse gas emissions due to climate change, the destruction capacity of hurricanes also increases.

Research published in Nature Journal also suggests that climate change is weakening the atmospheric currents that help move hurricanes along.

Storms are now moving slower and prolonging their time in affected areas, increasing the potential for excessive flooding, loss of life and economic devastation.

itelbpo's 4Ys Foundation continues to call on the public, community organisations and local businesses for financial and material assistance in its relief efforts.

Donations in cash or kind will help responders meet survivors' immediate need for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter.

To support ItelBPO's 4Ys Foundation's GoFundMe campaign, persons can visit https://itelbpo.com/bahamashurricanerelief/

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