Hurricane Irma Relief for Cedar International School

For: Cedar International School
Tortola, Virgin Islands, British
Organizer: Scott Crawford
Hurricane Irma Relief for Cedar International School (Cedar International School)
$157,485
of $800,000 goal.
Raised by 116 donors
19% Complete

The Story

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.

Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 11, 2017

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Posted on October 11, 2017

Thank you all so much for your incredible generosity. Apologies that we have not got around to thanking you all individually for your support yet. We certainly will be soon. You will be pleased to know that, thanks to your help, Cedar managed to open its doors to the community, and is now in the second week of the Cedar Outreach Project. It is wonderful to have students back on campus for this special project that will be running for October, November and December 2017. The school environment not only provides the children much needed structure and normalcy, but helps them process and accept the difficulties they have been through. Most importantly, though, it gives them the space and security to do what comes naturally .. simply being kids. With the assistance of US based charity Convoy of Hope, we are also thrilled that Cedar's catering service is not only providing our students with a free hot meal daily, but is being used to cook food for over 1000 children in the BVI every day. There is still a long way to go with many challenges ahead to return to normal operations in January 2018, but we are well on the way. Thank you all for your continued support, and your help in making this happen.

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