By Staff –
Since then, the island’s 1,800 residents have been evacuated to its sister island of Antigua, and the government is currently conducting assessments to determine which homes and businesses can be either repaired or rebuilt.
In the meantime, the residents of Barbuda will be living on the island of Antigua, and Barbuda’s 600 students will also be attending schools in Antigua.
According to officials, the residents of Barbuda’s needs are great.
As a result, the New Africa Cultural Center Inc. has launched ROC Barbuda Relief, an effort in which the local nonprofit entity is asking Rochester and Monroe County residents to contribute whatever they can, in cash or in kind, to assist in the endeavor.
People wishing to make financial contributions should makes checks or money orders payable to “New Africa Cultural Center,” or “NACC,” with “ROC Barbuda Relief” on the comment/memo line, and the organization said it will use the monetary contributions to rebuild the elementary school in Barbuda.
Checks should be mailed to:
ROC Barbuda Relief
60 Heritage Circle
Rochester, NY 14615
Electronic contributions may be made via the ROC Barbuda website, at www.ROCBarbudaRelief.com.
The New Africa Cultural Center has also established several drop-off locations for individuals who would like to donate items at the following locations:
Livie’s Import Market
375 Chili Ave.
New Life Ministries
330 Wellington Ave.
Church of Jesus Christ
16 Helena St.
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC)
161 Chestnut St.
RIT – Jonathan Ntheketha
MOSAIC & MCAS
One Bausch & Lomb Drive
(585-797-5260 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cravings on Main Street
158 W. Main St.
Visit the ROC Barbuda Relief Facebook page for updates regarding recovery efforts in Antigua and Barbuda, or contact the individuals listed below:
- Melanie Funchess, email@example.com;
- Jerome Underwood, firstname.lastname@example.org;
- or Theresa Bowick, Nurse4u@rochester.rr.com.
NACC’s list of requested items:
Clothing and Shoes of all sizes
Dried/canned foods (with long ‘sell by’ dates)
Containers for storage
Sanitizers (hand and household)
Flashlights and batteries
Toiletries (toothbrushes, tooth paste)
Adult underwear (male & female)
Adult disposable underwear
Shaving items for men and women
Items for Infants/Babies
Pampers (various sizes)
Toys for children of all ages
Water treatment tablets
Plywood – treated
Windows (4×4; 3×3 and 2×2)
Doors (2, 3, and 4 feet)
Paint of all kinds; Primer
Nails (assorted, including concrete)