In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, SmartAID teamed up with HeadKnowles Foundation, a local NGO, to assist disaster relief efforts on Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
SmartAID team built a hub on the island to ensure all NGOs and volunteers could work and communicate effectively and safely. The hub housed 30 volunteers and offered them a solar powered shower, toilet and a petrol pump, as well as bedding. In addition, a team of professional technicians set up telecommunications on the island and supplied walkie-talkies to other NGOs to facilitate communication and logistics.
As well as building the infrastructure, SmartAID’s global Ambassador, Alethea Gold, worked tirelessly to hand out over 5,000 “little sun” solar powered lights and water purifiers to the displaced people left on Abaco island and to people in both Grand Bahama and Nassau in evacuation centres. The solar lights were invaluable for the safety of families especially late at night.
SmartAID also handed out thousands of hygiene packs to women in evacuation centres and worked together with locals to distribute dengue fever pellets on Abaco.
The relief effort on Abaco is ongoing with a team still living and working in the SmartAID hub and providing essential help and a way to work on the island safely.