Dedicated to the relief, rehabilitation, and recovery of the British Virgin Islands.

 

 

#helpBVI    #BVIstrong    #oneLoveBVI

 
 

One Love BVI is bringing help and hope to the people of the British Virgin Islands who lost everything in Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

We provide aid, supplies, and volunteers to help families, communities, and businesses get back on their feet and build a thriving, sustainable future.

90% of all homes and businesses were destroyed or badly damaged.

Schools and churches were reduced to rubble.

In three weeks we’ve assembled an army of hundreds of volunteers from around the world.

We are small but mighty.

 And every penny we raise is going toward helping the BVI rebuild better, smarter, and stronger than ever before.

 
 

Hurricane Irma

On September 6, 2017 the British Virgin Islands were hit by Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that destroyed the territory beyond recognition and left tens of thousands without shelter.

With wind speeds clocked in excess of 200 mph, Irma went down in history as the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.

Irma made landfall on Barbuda first, and left the island nothing but rubble. Afterward, the Governor declared the island uninhabitable and evacuated all 1600 residents.

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As the hurricane enveloped the BVI, the massive eye spanned the entire lush archipelago and the eye wall hit the islands with full force, stripping every piece of foliage from the trees, tossing cars like matchbox toys into impossible places, exploding homes across hillsides, and ripping 60 ton vessels from their moorings and hurling them across Road Town as if they were a discus.

When all was said and done, 90% of homes were destroyed or damaged. 

85% of all utility infrastructure was destroyed or damaged.

Roads were washed out and villages cut off.

Communications towers were knocked out.

Water was contaminated.

Food was scarce.

People lost everything.

Our beloved Virgin Islands need our help

Nothing left but the range and the kitchen counter.  Barrie North/Upper Valley Rescue

Nothing left but the range and the kitchen counter.  Barrie North/Upper Valley Rescue

Our Mission

One Love BVI's core purpose is to ensure that the people of the British Virgin Islands enjoy a bright and sustainable future with no family, child, community, or small business left behind.

Core Values

  • We hold ourselves to the highest standard of integrity: we do what we say we are going to do.
  • We are fully transparent in all our activities.
  • We empower individual initiative.
  • We are focused on one cause: the British Virgin Islands.
  • In every deliberation we must consider both environmental and economic sustainability. 

Goals

One Love BVI is committed to the long term recovery and sustainable rebuild of the British Virgin Islands after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our goals not only include the immediate stabilization of life for the people living there, they reach beyond to support and facilitate initiatives that will ensure the enduring health and welfare of the islands' people, animals, economy, and environment for generations to come. We envision a future where all of these not only survive, but thrive.

We will achieve these goals in the following ways:

01.

By supporting home owners, businesses, and community organizations in their efforts to rebuild from the immediate devastation and move forward by providing access to:

  • pro bono professional expertise in a wide range of relevant technical disciplines
  • discounted purchase rates for supplies, materials, tools, and equipment needed for both the immediate rehabilitation and longer term recovery phases
  • consolidated, coordinated, and discounted shipping and logistics services
  • corporate donations of supplies, materials, tools, and equipment
  • supporting professional organizations outside the BVI
  • skilled, professional volunteers

02.

By making resources available to private and public organizations that focus on environmental sustainability in areas including:

  • agriculture
  • construction
  • disaster mitigation, preparedness, and recovery
  • infrastructure
  • inland and marine ecosystems
  • natural resources
  • renewable energy
  • tourism
  • and more

03.

By recruiting, screening, training, and preparing skilled, qualified, self-sufficient volunteers ready for deployment in support of:

  • medical facilities
  • schools
  • community organizations
  • small businesses
  • architecture
  • child care
  • clean up
  • construction
  • contracting
  • desalinization
  • education
  • engineering
  • evacuations
  • landscaping
  • reforestation
  • marine salvage
  • media
  • moorings
  • project managment
  • renewable energy
  • replacement
  • national parks
  • public relations
  • security
  • social work 

04.

By raising funds to support both internal programs and external initiatives that reflect the goals and core values of One Love BVI.

 

 
 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can make a difference...”

margaret mead

 
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History

August 30 - Tropical Storm Irma Forms in the Eastern Atlantic

August 30 - Irma bursts from Tropical Storm strength to Major Hurricane in just 12 hours

August 31 - Irma Just Hit Category 3

September 3 - Irma May Become a Category 4 Storm While Tracking Across the Atlantic

September 4 - Hurricane Irma, Now a Category 5 Storm, Threatens the Caribbean and Florida

September 6 - Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Barbuda as Category 5 storm

September 6 - Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in British Virgin Islands

September 6 - The Storm Reaches Puerto Rico: ‘There Is Nothing Like This’

September 7 - Irma Ravages Caribbean: Escaped Prisoners Loose in the British Virgin Islands

September 8 - Hurricane Irma damage UPDATE: British Virgin Islands DESTROYED by deadly storm

September 8 - British Virgin Islands Declares State of Emergency

September 9 - Hundreds of Troops Arrive in BVI

September 10 - BVI Volunteers Organize

September 10 -  BVI Volunteers responds to urgent call for medical professionals

September 11 - Paradise Obliterated by Irma in the British Virgin Islands

September 12 - Don't forget about us: Irma's desperate Caribbean survivors

September 12Richard Branson calls Irma a Category ‘7’ hurricane, says tens of thousands 'lost their homes and livelihoods'

September 13 - BVI Volunteers secures donation of artist Anne Miller's BVI artwork for hurricane relief fundraising; HaveaheARTBVI is formed. 

September 14 - BVI Volunteers provide damage geolocation assistance to Task Force Commander for the UK military relief effort in the Caribbean

September 15 - BVI Volunteers provides relief medical personnel for Peebles Hospital

September 15 - BVI Volunteers publishes first Weekly Update

September 16 - British Virgin Islands: ‘Knocked Down, but Not Knocked Out’ by Irma

September 17 - "We are still in survival mode": island of Tortola rebuilds after Hurricane Irma 

September 19 - Sir Richard Branson calls for 'Marshall Plan' for British Virgin Islands in wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma

September 19 - BVI Volunteers publishes Special Update as Hurricane Maria approaches the BVI

September 20 - British Virgin Islands to face 155mph winds with Hurricane Maria

September 20 - Nanny Cay Marina owner recommends formation of BVI-dedicated NGO to help rebuild the BVI

September 21 - One Love BVI is conceived and domains purchased; decision is made to roll BVI Volunteers into One Love BVI

September 22 - One Love BVI drafts Board of Directors and Advisory Board lists

September 23 - One Love BVI assembles Board of Directors and secures fiscal sponsorship from Voices for Global Change

September 24 - BVI Volunteers increases number of teams to 21 and publishes second Weekly Update

September 25 - One Love BVI incorporates as a nonprofit organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia

September 26 - BVI Volunteers enrolls 500th volunteer

September 27 - One Love BVI begins 501(c)(3) application with legal team

September 28 - One Love BVI launches onelovebvi.org, home of the only international aid organization solely focused on the British Virgin Islands

October 10 - One Love BVI's first press release hits the newswire: Global Volunteers Bring Hurricane Relief to Virgin Islands

 

 
 

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