Posted on October 11, 2015
Posted on October 11, 2015As the nature of the response shifts from delivering food and water to keep people alive for a few days to getting the teams in to help keep them healthy and safe for the next few months our loads shift slightly as well. Today we saw the youth of the community come out to help it was great to have families there to work together to help bring our community back on its feet.. We flew over 26 members of the Departments of Public and Environmental Health and The Royal Bahamas Defense Force each tasked with getting the islands up and running. Our evacuee total is now at 117 and continuously climbing. While we were moving people, our boxes kept rolling with an additional 28,000 lb. delivered to Acklins, Deadman's Cay, San Salvador and Rum Cay with our total now well over 200,000 lb. delivered. Our volunteer group has made over 6,000 care packages of mixed goods, hygiene kits, and baby kits that have been sent to the islands. Tomorrow we are delivering 5 donated R.O. Water Plants to Acklins and Crooked Island along with more large tarps from USAID to the affected islands. Please continue to spread the word of our efforts. We still need help with fuel costs.
Posted on October 9, 2015
Posted on October 9, 2015It is hard to believe that exactly a week ago today Paul Francis Aranha, President of Trans Island Airways mobilized dozens of aircraft to provide the first Emergency Response flights into the Southern Islands of the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Joaquin. I don't think any of us expected this effort to grow into what it has become! We have transported Defense Force officers to oversee distribution and keep order, NEMA, Dept of Environmental Health, United Nations, Water and Sewage, CDEMA, Psychologists and counselors, Royal Navy, BEC, BTC, Engineers, Rotary Club, Pastors, Politicians, Rotaract and numerous more, not to mention the over 90 citizens evacuated on return flights. We have moved over 150,000lbs of freight so far and flown so many flights it's hard to keep track as it all happens so quickly. We pack items onto any flight that leaves out of Odyssey Aviation...no-one gets away with extra space in their plane! Thank you to all of the generous donors who have funded fuel bills for the majority of these flights and to all of the passionate, volunteers who have worked night and day as an incredible team. It has been an honor to work with all of you!
We still need your support for these ongoing efforts, please help if you can.
Posted on October 8, 2015
Posted on October 8, 2015As our relief effort becomes more established we are focusing our work on targeting specific needs and optimizing our flight schedule further by integrating with larger planes. Today we moved over 15,000 lbs of supplies from Nassau, Evacuated 9 more people from Acklins, Delivered Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marines into Long Island and Mayaguana and delivered communication systems to marines stationed in Crooked Island, Acklins and Stella Maris. Additionally we delivered a much needed drive shaft to Acklins, allowing the only vehicle capable of reaching a remote settlement to be repaired and enter into service tomorrow. Our Volunteer group, made up almost entirely of women, made hundreds of mixed goods, baby and medical care packages to be easily distributed in the islands. Our efforts are now running at a cost of nearly $25,000 every day with a total of over $100,000 in expenses incurred so far. We have now partnered with The Rotary Club and will be assisting NATO as the efforts continue. None of this would be possible without the overwhelming support of the Bahamian and International Communities and our fantastic partners.