Cedar International School urgently needs help to get back on its feet after Hurricane Irma hit the BVI on September 6th. We fully intend to return the school to its normal state by January 2018, the start of the next school term. In the meantime there is urgent need to make Cedar a safe place for children in the BVI, where they can access free meals and water, as well as participate in educational activities, arts and sports, and come together to process and heal after the traumatic experience many have been through. This will not only provide much needed support and stimulus to the students, but will give their parents the chance to continue rebuilding their lives and careers, knowing that their children are safely at Cedar.
There are many challenges to make this happen, including retaining staff and meeting the financial obligations of the school, but there are several essential priorities that need to be funded to make this possible:
Clean water - As mains water has been disrupted we need the ability to provide clean water for up to 250 children every day.
Generator fuel - With power being disrupted all over the island, we need to keep the generator running to provide safety and comfort for our students.
Septic - Unfortunately the septic system at Cedar has suffered and needs urgent replacement in order to provide a hygienic environment for our students.
Food - we are hoping to be able to offer free hot meals daily to not only our students, but children from the local area.
With the school's main income stream largely suspended, we need your help to move forward. Please give generously and help this essential part of the fabric of society get back on it's feet.