How your money helps
One Love BVI is a charitable nonprofit providing aid and assistance with both emergency relief and the rehabilitation and long term recovery of the British Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Irma.
When you donate to One Love BVI, you're supporting:
- evacuation efforts
- vetting and supplying relief medical personnel
- procurement of donations of supplies, materials, tools, and shipping services
- purchasing of critical supplies; including food, medicines, mosquito nets, temporary shelter, bedding, hygiene and first aid kits, school supplies, building materials, tools, vector control, and more
- assistance with government damage assessments
- negotiation of discounted pricing on building supplies, tools, equipment, materials, and shipping costs for homeowners and businesses
- coordination of logistics for supply shipments
- access to experts in environmentally sustainable development
- development and formulation of new building codes, and
- partnership with the BVI chapters of Rotary International to manage the distribution of aid on the ground.
Our program areas include aid and assistance for each of the three phases of Post-Disaster Recovery: Rescue & Relief, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. Embedded in our core values is the long term environmental and economic sustainability of the territory. Rather than duplicate existing efforts, we seek to augment ongoing operations and fill the gaps where government, NGO, business, and personal resources are simply not available to get the monumental job done.
Help, Hope and Hurricanes
In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Sam Branson shares an emotional story of hope and community spirit in the BVI. Please watch and share the film #helphopehurricanes
“True compassion means not only feeling another's pain but also being moved to help relieve it.”
The Rescue & Relief phase includes immediate intervention to provide emergency rescue and life-saving relief supplies. The focus is on ensuring adequate supplies of food, water, shelter, medical treatment, clothing, and sanitation. The duration of this phase is short-term and typically lasts from 1-3 months following the natural disaster event.
The primary objective of the Rescue & Relief phase is life rescue. Government, NGO, and community operations may include:
- Emergency rescue
- Building up public kitchens
- Rescuing alive victims
- Cleaning up wreckages
- Providing temporary settlement
- Aiding medical evacuations
- Supplying relief medical personnel
- Assisting first responders
The Rehabilitation phase initiates the restoration of services to the community. This phase can last as many as 12 months or more, depending on the extent of the damage, and often begins even before the Rescue & Relief phase is completed.
The primary objective of the Rehabilitation phase is recovering a minimum standard of public services. Government, NGO, and community operations may include:
- Restoring public electricity, water, and sewage systems
- Stabilizing basic social services, such as hospitals and schools
- Repairing basic infrastructures including roadways, bridges, and communications towers
- Recovering economic facilities, including air and sea ports and financial institutions
- Rebuilding settlements
- Providing social work services and mental rehabilitation for post traumatic stress
rebuilding and recovery
The Reconstruction phase includes a comprehensive approach to a return to normalcy. This phase can last from 6 months to 5-10 years, depending on the extent of the devastation. Reconstruction often begins during the latter stage of the Rehabilitation phase.
The primary objective of the Reconstruction phase is rebuilding the whole system, with full resumption of services plus preventive measures. Government, NGO, and community operations may include:
- Rebuilding and improving the economy (tourism, agriculture, production, trade and commerce, banking)
- Redesigning and improving building codes
- Restoring and improving transportation
- Reinstating and improving telecommunication
- Revitalizing social and heritage institutions
- Mitigating the impact of future disasters
- Restoring freedom and ease for citizens, residents, and visitors
One Love BVI operates BVI Volunteers as the Volunteer Program in support of all our programs. BVI Volunteers gives concerned global citizens the opportunity to contribute their professional expertise from wherever they are around the world.
BVI Volunteers is a 100% volunteer effort. We currently have more than 500 volunteers that are organized by profession into over 20 teams, including:
- Captains & Crew
- Child Care
- Commercial Divers
- Communications & Social Media
- General Labor
- Landscaping & Reforestation
- Medical & EMT
- Project Management
- Public Relations & Media
- Security & Law Enforcement
- Social Workers
- Solar Technicians
- Supply Coordination
- Supply Distribution
- Volunteer Management
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