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New Africa Cultural Center launches “ROC Barbuda Relief” Effort

By Staff –


roc-1On Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, the island of Barbuda was decimated by Hurricane Irma. Ninety-five percent of the structures on the island were destroyed or significantly damaged.

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

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
One Bausch & Lomb Drive
(585-797-5260 or

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:

NACC’s list of requested items:

Household Items
Clothing and Shoes of all sizes
Dried/canned foods (with long ‘sell by’ dates)
Disposable wipes
Containers for storage
Sleeping cots
Bed linen
Pain killers
First-Aid Kits
Sanitizers (hand and household)
Flashlights and batteries
Kitchen Utensils

Toiletries (toothbrushes, tooth paste)
Bathing soap
Body lotion
Toilet paper
Sanitary napkins
Adult underwear (male & female)
Adult disposable underwear
Shaving items for men and women

Items for Infants/Babies
Dried/canned milk
Pampers (various sizes)
Baby clothes
Baby bottles
Baby powder
Toys for children of all ages

Industrial Items
Water purifiers
Water treatment tablets
Water pumps

Building Material
Plywood – treated
Roofing material
Windows (4×4; 3×3 and 2×2)
Doors (2, 3, and 4 feet)
Paint of all kinds; Primer
Nails (assorted, including concrete)
Screws (assorted)
Screw drivers

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