St Kitts & Nevis are a two-island nation in the northern Caribbean Sea along the Leeward archipelago. Combined they cover about 260 km2 and have a diverse population of around 55,000 people.
My mother was born and lives in St Kitts. She lost her husband of 16 years last Oct’16 and now lives alone on the island. She is diabetic with limited mobility. My older sister also lives in St Kitts, being a single mother of 2 she helps mum as much as possible. My mother also has a sister and other family on the island, all are getting on in age but still play a pivotal role within the economy and among the community.
This month St Kitts was hit by a record 2 major Category 5 & 4 hurricanes. Hurricane Irma, category 5, hit on the 6th of September and Hurricane Maria, category 4, hit yesterday 19th September 2017. The country is devastated. They will be without power and water again for weeks. The damage to infrastructure is compounded. The city centre is still under water and many people have lost everything. My family have been affected badly and need my help. URGENTLY
The majority of international support have been and will be focused on the UK, French, Dutch and USA overseas territories of USVI, BVI, St Marten, Puerto Rico etc. Not much international support or attention given to St Kitts and Nevis, if any will be very late.
I hold both UK and St Kitts passports, being a citizen of both countries. I am very well able to provide help in physical needs, coordination efforts and with rebuilding. However I need financial support. I will need to travel out to St Kitts as soon as either Virgin or BA resume flights out of Gatwick, estimated from Saturday 23-September-2017. I will also need financial help while in St Kitts to buy building materials, food and to source local labour to rebuild.
I am appealing to you for urgent and quick help. I am between jobs now so I can personally spend as much time as needed in St Kitts to help rebuild and with relief efforts. I will stay as long as I have the financial means to continue to buy, employ, coordinate and rebuild. Please help by giving generously