Massive amount raised for Barbuda Relief Fund

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British High Commissioner, Karen Mae-Hill

British High Commissioner Karen Mae-Hill has confirmed that approximately £94,000 (or 356,062 Eastern Caribbean Dollars) has been raised through the Ascension Trust charity in Great Britain in support of the Barbuda Relief Fund after the devastation of Hurricane Irma last September.

According to their site, the trust is a Christian inter-denominational organisation established in 2003 with, “a passion to mobilise the Church to make a positive contribution to society and to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged and vulnerable.”

“I want to thank the many who contributed to the Barbuda cause including philanthropists, business owners, community groups and citizens all across the UK,” said Mae-Hill.

The High Commissioner confirmed that she will be making a trip to Barbuda on Tuesday to officially present the donation to the Barbudan people and to further assess the conditions on the island.

“There are two key areas that we have identified for the disbursement of these funds –  medical supplies for the hospital; and educational supplies,” she stated.

“I have been in communication  with the doctor on site, Dr. Jeremy Deasle, as well as Ministry officials to identify the list of items needed to fully equip the Hannah Thomas Hospital.”

Mae-Hill also committed similarly to sit with the Barbuda educators and education officials to identify the specific needs in that area.

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35 COMMENTS

  1. Please don’t give the PM the money, if given Barbuda wouldn’t see a DIME, STICKY FINGERS & NO ACCOUNTABILITY

    • And as you can see they are not giving money. They are giving supplies. And once again let the Barbudans also note that no money is going for them to build their houses. No one donates monies for that. You have to go to the bank and borrow the money for yourself.

  2. You Barbudans are ungrateful set of people eat an wipe you all mouth on the ground
    THE PM WAS THE FIRST TO COME OVER THERE AFTER THE HURRICANE

    • You hush ya ass. You don’t know the meaning of the word ungrateful. So take several seats.

      • Some of you are not only Ungrateful,but dam Stupid..You,ll need to be careful,another Hurricane season is fast approaching,God never sleeps.. Cuss me to.

    • Wow sure it’s Antigua and Barbuda you all should be called. That’s how Gaston have you all cussing each other. I’ve grown up hearing my mum who was born in Barbuda but moved to England saying Antigua people don’t like the barbudian people and what I have witnessed on visits and on social media it looks like my mum was saying right. You all need to look at the bigger things in life and stop the foolishness and love your neighbour life is to short.

      • How is it Gaston that’s making people curse each other? You are speaking of loving each other,but yet you’re picking on one side.. you are only blaming Antiguan’s for the entire saga,because as your mom told you,we do not like Barbudan’s.Well my Mom told me that Barbudan’s were very ungrateful,she said that over 40 years ago,so we all have something that was told to us.The difference is, we here in Antigua has been rowing our own Canoes,we have had natural disasters and have had to get our self back on track individually.. I cant see where Love comes into this,this is the real world and because concerns are expressed over the way the barbudan’s live,does not mean we hate them..

  3. Obediah, you are so right. The EU donated 5 million Euros to rebuild the homes on Barbuda and whey de money gone. They were supposed to have visited, I am awaiting their report that should be in the news once their visit is completed.

    • Their visit is completed and the funds are being released. It wasn’t released before. Get your facts straight

    • @Angelica-Sometimes silence can be a good thing.. How many times have it been said all over the media,not just said but verified that contributions for Barbuda are not in the hands of the government but in the hands of NODS. What is your point? Did you miss some money? Stupid.

  4. He was the first to go Barbuda because he had the transportation to do so…Lol u people are blind……

  5. The PM was the first official to go because he is the PM. Therefore, he’s obligated to go, he didn’t go in his personal capacity but as the PM.

  6. Why bother with these ignoramus-hateful folks…. They don’t know any better…. Let’s not your heart be troubled… Instead of showing appreciation and gratitude, they continue to demonstrate ungratefulness, but Jah don’t care like ugly….he have a way of showing blessings on the giver’s and cursed the wicked…. Let them continue with their ignorance and down right stupidity…

  7. Why even bother arguing with these dunce people. They think the rebuilding of Barbuda is for free. Sorry to say this but 5 million Euros can’t even strach the rebuilding process. Espically since most of them did not have insurance. Also there are government buildings such as the hospital, school and police station that needs to be rebuild. Cha man aru sickening now.

  8. The PM came to act like he’s god to the people. If he cared for the people he would of sent help first cause what could he do him self. He left them to dead so he could take there land he’s a big time crook.

  9. So because BARBUDA ppl voted out Nibbs and because we are against the PM amending the Land Act we ungrateful? You people need to stfu and stop judging from the outside looking in. “Who feels it knows it” when ya na know, ya just na know”

    • You,ll need to get one thing through your thick skulls- THE LAND IN BARBUDA DOES NOT BELONG TO ANY OF YOU PERSONALLY.. Let it sink in,after that you will understand that the free ride is over.COMPRENDE?

  10. It’s not winning an election… it’s about truthfulness… You been fooled and bamboozled too long. Before Gaston Browne, it will continue after him… Stop let selfish Politician continue to fool you’ll. No one can take your land, which you don’t own. It’s pain me to say that in 2018, you are still in a slumbering mentality. Goodness… Gracious…..wake up… Please ask yourself, it’s better for me, to own a piece of my beloved Barbuda?

  11. I hope Barbudans noticed once again their is no money coming to them directly to rebuild their homes. If they still believe in the fallacy than wait for the next hurricane to come.

    • Wait for the next hurricane to come. so the next hurricane is coming straight to Barbuda? I never knew hurricane say where they going. We really need to be careful what we wish for Last year it was Barbuda, Dominica, and others, I hope we are not opened for the brunt next time. We are a sorry people. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF.

  12. What a sad state you Barbudians are in. When will you wake up and smell the coffee. The governamen is NOT obgliated to rebuild your homes. The government is only responsible for their own infrastructure. The government is doing the ever best to empower them and develop the island and they still have this silly notion about “awre land”. What use is ” awre land” of it can’t make use of it. Its time to get over this old conlny thinking and develop the island.

    • Hurricane have hit Antigua and we did not cry bellyache or beg handouts we got up and rebuild our homes and not depend on the government or other agencies. Furthermore if Antiguans were given the opportunities like Barbudians to buy land for practically nothing we would be all over it.

  13. NO LAND ON DAT ISLAND CALL NONE OF YOU BARBUDANS OWNER. THE SKY IS CLEAR AND Y’ALL STILL CANT SEE! UNGRATEFUL IDIOTS

  14. EVEN THO HURRICANE HITS ANTIGUA ,ANTIGUANS KNOW HOW TO GET UP AND CLEAN UP THEIR HOMES AND REBUILD THEIR COUNTRY AND NOT DEPEND ON THE GOVERNMENT .Y’ALL BARBUDANS COME HERE AND DONT WANT TO GO BACK HOME AND CLEAN . DOWN TO JAMAICANS HAVE TO CLEAN Y’ALL HOMES.Y’ALL BARBUDANS COME ANTIGUA AND EAT LIKE ALL YOU NEVER SEE FOOD BEFORE

    • I am so ashamed for the comments people are making about the Barbudans. Some of these comments tell me that persons talking on this media are not born Antiguans. If Jamaicans cleaning is because they getting paid or feel like giving back. Many of you are like the Barbudans just want foo tek tek so ley dem lone. find one nudda back fu ride pan. Lef de Barbudans dem.

  15. “left them to dead” ARE YOU FOR REAL. The same Barbudans that had to be removed for their own safety from the threath of 2 more CATAGORY 5 hurricanes. You people are just ignorant. Give me a break the PM should have really left them there for dead roofless and helpless cause there was and still is no proper means of communication.

  16. When monies or grants are donated to any country, it is not handed to the government it is given to a non governmental organization or to an entity to represent the company or country that is giving the donation. However it is a formality to invite the government of the said country to act as a forefront for deplomatic reasons.

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