Image of Devastation in Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
PORT OF SPAIN, 12th September, 2019 – With the recent devastation of Hurricane Dorian that significantly impacted the north-western Bahamas islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama and the surrounding Cayes, we ask for your support and prayers for the affected islands as we continue to receive and process information and chart the best way forward in this catastrophe.
The citizens of Bahamas have suffered insurmountable loss. Reports suggest at least 400,000 people will need immediate supplies of food and other aid. While they are slowly coming to terms with these unprecedented events, we must find ways to offer our assistance as they begin to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities.
In the interim, CANTO’s Disaster Risk Management Committee in collaboration with CDEMA and Internet Society (ISOC) have embarked on initiatives in which they are seeking assistance in determining the following;
- Deploying personnel to assist in the assessment phase
- Liaising with affected members to determine their immediate needs, be it communication infrastructural restoration, humanitarian supplies and the like
- Coordinating assistance from the global ICT Community via the blog managed by Internet Society to provide the needed support to the affected islands of Bahamas.
The Secretariat is available to provide any additional assistance necessary in the collaboration and coordination of these initiatives. For updates and further information, please contact Gail Edwards or Candace Magloire at 1 (868) 622-3770/4781.
As we continue to pray for strength and fortitude for those affected, let us participate in the restoration process and cherish the opportunity to be a part of this exercise.
CANTO is recognized as the leading trade association of the ICT sector for shaping information and communication in the Caribbean. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit association of 8 telephone operating companies, CANTO has now grown to over 125 members in more than 34 countries. A Board of Directors appointed by the membership directs policy of the Association. This strategy is executed by the staff of a permanent Secretariat based in Trinidad and Tobago.