NASSAU, The Bahamas, Wednesday December 18, 2019 – The Moore Bahamas Foundation has announced US$300,000 in new grants for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery, part of US$1 million in support pledged by conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon to humanitarian relief and environmental and economic recovery in the archipelago.
The new grants follow Moore Bahamas’ funding for emergency aid in the immediate days after the hurricane and a post-hurricane needs assessment. The grants will help address continuing emergency needs and accelerate the recovery of The Bahamas’ spectacular ecosystems and its economy.
“In the wake of Dorian’s destruction, our goal is to support families as they reconstruct the best possible future for themselves and their communities,” said Bacon, chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation and Moore Bahamas Foundation, its local affiliate. “By supporting environmental restoration and humanitarian relief alike, Moore Bahamas hopes to help the people of Grand Bahama and Abaco get their lives and their economy back on track.”
Moore Bahamas is supporting organizations that are deploying recovery resources over the next year, including a partnership with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to conduct ecosystem damage assessments for the maritime and mangrove habitats of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
“The post-storm assessments funded by the Moore Bahamas Foundation will guide how and where to make the most impactful habitat restoration investments,” said Shelley Cant-Woodside, BNT’s Director of Science. “In addition to fueling The Bahamas’ tourism economy, healthy ecosystems play a crucial role in buffering our communities against the effects of future storms.”
Many young people were impacted disproportionately by Dorian. Moore Bahamas is providing the Ranfurly Home—which is working with children displaced by Dorian—with emergency staffing support. Moore Bahamas is also helping The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) to replenish the supplies of several schools badly damaged by the hurricane.
Partnerships with Waves for Water and Waterkeeper Bahamas will focus on providing clean and safe drinking water in Grand Bahama. Funding will also support Waterkeeper Bahamas work to monitor and assess the extent of a massive Dorian-related oil spill at a storage facility on Grand Bahama Island.
Moore Bahamas also supports the Paradise Fund, a group of volunteer pilots who will bring “Christmas in Paradise” to Freeport and Marsh Harbor by delivering essential relief supplies, a festive community meal, Christmas trees and decorations for local children and their families this month.