Following the devastating strike of Hurricane Dorian to The Bahamas in September 2019, conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon pledged $1 million to relief and recovery efforts. After supporting emergency relief in the days after Dorian, The Moore Charitable Foundation and its Bahamas affiliate, Moore Bahamas Foundation (Moore Bahamas), conducted an assessment to identify longer-term projects that would advance strategic, sustainable recovery in partnership with relief and conservation organizations, government agencies and Bahamian communities.
Moore Bahamas will support continuing humanitarian needs, including sustainable rebuilding and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems. Investment in ecosystems’ restoration will strengthen the country’s tourism economy, sustainable fishing sector, and natural resilience.
Moore Bahamas Dorian Relief and Rebuild Grantees:
- Bahamas National Trust, is conducting an ecological assessment to determine the necessary restoration strategy for the marine and terrestrial areas of Grand Bahama and the marine environment of Abaco. BNT is also evaluating and replacing infrastructure at several national parks and supporting nearby communities through their resident park managers.
- Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF), is replenishing school supplies and classroom essentials in schools that were devastated by Dorian.
- Friends of the Environment in Abaco, experienced catastrophic loss when their office was destroyed and all employees were evacuated to Nassau and elsewhere. Moore Bahamas aid is now supporting a temporary community outreach office where Friends will resume their day-to-day work serving the people of Abaco through community conservation and education.
- Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, is coordinating Grand Bahama recovery efforts. As the emergency humanitarian relief needs subside, GBDRF will spearhead individual household and school/community rebuilding efforts.
- Give Directly, is facilitating direct support to hundreds of households in East Grand Bahama and Abaco to allow them to purchase the goods and services they choose to rebuild their lives.
- International Medical Corps, will be providing enhanced mental health support to the Grand Bahama community for people dealing with post-storm emotional trauma with Moore Bahamas support.
- Paradise Fund & The Eagles’ Wings Foundation, is conducting “Christmas in Paradise” fly-ins with small plans to provide holiday cheer and relief supplies to the Dorian victims of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
- Rainfurly Home for Children, a foster home in Nassau, will hire emergency staffing to support their influx of children displaced from Grand Bahama and Abaco.
- Waterkeepers Bahamas, is monitoring a tragic oil spill that contaminated four-square miles of Grand Bahama including wetlands, pine forests, and mangroves. Waterkeepers Bahamas is conducting freshwater testing and advocating for swift governmental and corporate clean-up of the site.
- Waves for Water (W4W), is deploying an in-field filtration system that operates at both the household and community center level in order to fill an unmet need for clean drinking water in the East Grand Bahama area.