PADF, Royal Caribbean Assist Families Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

Charo Morley presents household generators to Director of NEMA Bahamas Captain Stephen Russell on behalf of PADF and Royal Caribbean.

Charo Morley presents household generators to Director of NEMA Bahamas Captain Stephen Russell on behalf of PADF and Royal Caribbean.

The Pan American Development Foundation received a generous donation from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to support early recovery efforts in the Bahamas following the passing of Hurricane Joaquin last fall. PADF procured 15 portable household generators for families in Crooked Island, the island most affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

The generators were delivered to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA/Bahamas) on January 14, 2016.

"Royal Caribbean has contributed significantly and visibly to the well-being of communities in Latin America and the Caribbean through its partnership with PADF," says Liza Mantilla, PADF's director of disaster management.

 Since 2007, Royal Caribbean has donated more than $2 million to PADF to fund disaster management, community strengthening and sustainable livelihoods in the region. Oversight for Royal Caribbean’s corporate social responsibility program has been provided by PADF in 25 countries, focusing on timely response to and recovery from natural disasters and enhancing the prosperity and resilience of communities.

Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm, hit The Bahamas in October 2015.  Storm surges and heavy rainfall caused extensive flooding in the southern Long, Acklins, and Crooked Island, severely damaging housing, roads, medical clinics, communications systems, coastal ecosystems, and water and sanitation infrastructure. Initial estimates place the damage incurred by Hurricane Joaquin to be well over USD $60 million. PADF has been coordinating directly with the NEMA, Ministry of Health, PAHO, and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Washington, D.C., to address the humanitarian situation, says Mantilla.

These generators will allow hurricane-affected families to purchase and store food, as well as continue normal daily activities past sunset.

"PADF thanks Royal Caribbean for facilitating this cooperation with The Bahamas," said Charo Morley, PADF program consultant in the Bahamas. "This alliance to provide humanitarian assistance helps the region to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and expresses the true spirit of international solidarity."