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Press Release 

Operation Rebuild Barbuda
 
Friday 8th September 2017
 
As Antigua, Barbuda and the rest of the Leeward Islands prepare for the passage of Hurricane Jose, the work of re-building Barbuda has already started. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma will not be easily rectified and efforts to reconstruct the island will be extensive and costly. Antigua is open for business and normal activity has returned, subject to the trajectory of Jose.
 
In Kind Contributions
 
The High Commission has held discussions with officials from the Red Cross and the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) to ascertain what items are required at this stage of the process for Barbuda. The following items are most needed:
 
General items
  • Generators
  • Dried/canned foods
  • Disposable wipes
  • Water purifiers
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Water pumps
  • Buckets
  • Containers for storage
 
Household Items
  • Sleeping cots
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Bed linen
  • Towels
 
Items for Infants/Babies
  • Dried/canned milk
  • Nappies (various sizes)
  • Baby bottles
  • Toys for children
 
Women/Girls
  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotion
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Shaving items for both men and women
 
Medication
  • Painkillers
  • First aid kits
  • Batteries
  • Torches
 
Kitchen Utensils
 
Building Material
  • Steel
  • Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Roofing material
  • Tarpaulin
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Nails (assorted)
  • Screws (assorted)
  • Hammers
  • Screw drivers
  • Toilets
 
Industry
  • Fishing pot wires
  • Buoys
 
 
Andy Thorne CEO of Kestrel Shipping has made a warehouse available for the collection of donated items. Kestrel Shipping will accept aid for Barbuda and package and ship items to Antigua and Barbuda at no cost, every other Tuesday, commencing Tuesday 12th September.  The High Commission is grateful to Kestrel Shipping for this generous offer of support. The address for the warehouse is:
 
Kestrel
27 River Road
Barking
Essex
IG11 0DA

Opening hours 08:00hrs to 17:30hrs Monday to Friday.

For a limited time, Kestrel will accommodate deliveries outside these hours. To arrange any such delivery, please call +447539838103.
 
Financial
Persons can also support financially to the ‘Rebuild Barbuda Appeal Fund’.
 
 
Notes to Editors
 
The High Commission has made arrangements with the following charities and agencies where donations can be made:
 
Rebuild Barbuda Appeal Fund
 
Bank:                          Royal Bank of Scotland
Account Name:           Ascension Trust (Charity #1127204)
Account No.:               10019655
Sort Code:                   16-00-93
Reference:                   ‘Rebuild Barbuda Appeal Fund’
 
Information on the relief effort for Antigua and Barbuda will be available on the High Commission’s website www.antigua-barbuda.com and social media pages, www.facebook.com/abhcuk, www.twitter.com/abhcuk and www.instagram.com/abhcuk. Additional information can also be obtained from: https://www.facebook.com/abstvradio/ and http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. The High Commission can be reached during office hours on 0207 258 0070. For emergency calls outside office hours please call 0203 668 3803 until otherwise indicated.
 
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