I have been trying to figure out how best to write this post for a few weeks now. Specifically since September 6th when hurricane Irma hit the British Virgin Islands. I always knew I would have posts revolving around the BVI, I just never thought it would be of this nature. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to the BVI with my family for the past 24 years. My first trip to Tortola was at the advanced age of four. I have been in love with the island ever since. My passport is filled with pages of stamps entering the territory. I have so many amazing memories that take place in the islands.
After hearing Irma’s path would take it directly across the BVI, all we could do was wait and hope that the damage would not be too bad. Unfortunately, the category 5 storm was extraordinarily destructive. The islands have essentially been destroyed, looking almost as if nuclear bombs were detonated. People have been left without food, water, shelter, and electricity. Then, as if they had not suffered enough, two weeks later hurricane Maria passed just south of the BVI adding to the destruction.
When I was there three months ago, I had no idea that it would be the last time I would see Tortola as it was. During that trip, we had decided to tour the island and learn more about its history. We visited several museums, monuments, and parks not knowing that much of it would be wiped away from the storm.
I know that the people of the Carribean are resilient and will be able to rebuild. I also know that it will take them years to recover. Below are a few links to funds that have been set up to help the recovery. The people of the islands will not only need help now to regain some semblance of normality but also in the years to come as a tourism-based economy.
*Disclaimer: please do your own research into any organization when deciding to make a monetary donation.