Anguilla Relief Fund - Hurricane Irma

For: Anguilla Victims of Hurricane Irma
Organizer: Tiago Sarmento & Mariana Prince
Anguilla Relief Fund - Hurricane Irma (Anguilla Victims of Hurricane Irma)
of $35,000 goal
82% Complete
Raised by 102 donors

The Story

Anguilla is a magical island. Those that have had the privilege to visit, know how friendly the people are, how stunning the beaches and how there never seems to be enough time to discover the true beauty of this awe-inspiring destination. 

Hurricane Irma tore through the island on September 5, 2017. As the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, Irma ripped apart the homes of those very people who built Anguilla, leaving behind nothing but leafless trees, destruction and a lot of sadness. 

We, the Sarmento family, moved to Anguilla just one month ago, as tiago took charge as general manager of a stunning resort on the island. As soon as Irma passed, tiago travelled around the island, distributing bed linen, towels and water to help people find some relief. Despite the efforts made by providing these resources, we still felt incredibly helpless when hundreds of people, who were previously self-sufficient, begged for water, food and dry clothes. 

Irma stripped away the roofs, doors and windows of their homes, leaving them with little but the clothes on their backs.

Our goal and biggest wish is to take care of the people who make Anguilla so special by providing food, water, and other basic necessities to those who have lost everything as a result of the hurricane, lending a helping hand for them and the island to get back on their feet.

Your donation will be used directly towards purchasing these supplies and chartering boats to bring these necessities to the island. We will make sure to post photos of the progress and the delivery of the goods over social media, so that you can see the difference you are making! 

We urge you to please help us reach our goal! We are ready to act now and fulfill immediate needs on the island. There has been little to no outside help provided to date – we can get supplies to those who need it NOW.

We thank you in advance for your support. Any size donation will help and is appreciated

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 23, 2017

Posted on October 23, 2017

Generators have a arrived to the warehouse in FL!
The container will be shipping to Anguilla this week from Florida, so stay tuned for an update on the arrival of all the donations gathered during the event and afterwards, and the generators purchased with the funds from the campaign. Looking forward to getting this to the families that need it most!

Posted on October 6, 2017

Posted on October 6, 2017

Update 3

Hello friends, 

We continue to be amazed at all the help that has come from all of you. 

Here is an update on the latest efforts:

- Tarps and ropes were bought and installed to protect the houses of 11 families that were left without a roof and needed shelter prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria 

- A special event to gather donations was organized by our dear friends Luz Elena Silva  and Jessica Goldman on September 23 in Miami. 50 adults and 30 children turned up getting together to bring perishable goods, diapers, baby formula, clothing, canned food, water and other basic necessity products, adding to a total of 54 boxes of donations!

Children worked together to place all items in the boxes and they wrote kind messages and made Anguilla inspired drawings.

We are overwhelmed and thankful at the positive energy all the people brought to the event. 

- We estimate that half the container is now full thanks to all of your donations, which continued to come in even after the event. The other half will be filled with much needed generators, which have now been classified as the most needed item for Anguilla's people to be able to recover normalcy in their lives. 

Electricity and thus, running water, is estimated to be reestablished in January 2018 at the earliest for most of the island. Without generators households are not able to get back on their feet.

- The rest of the fundraising efforts will be used to purchase an additional batch of generators for around 30 families. We are currently negotiating the best possible price as generators are now deemed one of the most sought after items, given the current situation of the majority of the Caribbean islands after the series of unfortunate events. 

We shall have some funds left at the end and we will assess it very soon what needs will be by then.

Stay tuned for the delivery of the container, and all the joy that will be brought by all of you to the people of Anguilla.

Posted on October 6, 2017

Posted on October 6, 2017

Update 2

Dear friends, 

We started this fundraiser with the hopes of extending a small helping hand to those most affected by Irma, but thanks to your support, we have now reached our youcaring goal twice, and continue to receive much love and support from all of you, not only via the fundraiser but also with your time and interest in doing anything to help out. There are not enough words to thank you. 

Below is an update on the latest developments:


Mapping of the families affected has been completed. Our first focus will be on 11 families who lost their house roof, 3 families that totally lost their houses, 10 families that lost most windows and doors of their homes and consequently their personal belongings.


Initially, we were looking for a way to ship a container to Anguilla from Miami, but thanks to an amazing group of friends, we now have a team setup in Florida helping out everyday gathering donations, receiving packages and spreading the word on the fundraising efforts. This team was not only been able to arrange the 20ft container, but is also now organizing an open donation event taking place next Saturday, in which friends and families can attend and bring over non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothes, toys, school supplies and water, which will be used to fill up the container.

Thank you Luz Elena Silva, Jessica Goldman, Saúl and Michael Reidt for your enormous hearts. We and the people of Anguilla are so moved and forever grateful by all you are doing to help the island!

If you are in South Florida and would like to help the Relief Team there please send Luz, Jessica or myself a note. Any help is welcome! Stay tuned for further details on the event. 


As "Maria" is on the way and there are several houses that we visited that don't even have a temporary roof, we have just purchased 16 tarps and are now covering temporarily 10 houses prior to the storm. Thank you Monica and Mitch for the distribution of those.


We added another layer to the efforts for the rest of our friends in the US who would like to help by donating goods for mothers and their children and babies. Please have a look at the Amazon Wishlist link: focused mainly on bringing relief to the estimated 200 women with babies who were severely affected by Irma. The items will be sent directly to Luz and put in the container. 

Thank you once more, more developments coming shortly!

Much love, 

tiago and mariana

Photo: Monica and Mitch (Cap Juluca team) purchasing tarps to bring temporary roofs

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