On Abaco, and throughout The Bahamas, the poorer sections are often overcrowded with poor planning and limited zoning oversight from the government. These “shanty towns” develop and grow organically as necessary to accommodate the poor folks who live here. One such community is called Pigeon Pea, which burned and consumed many homes on December 31, 2013; two souls were lost in this fire.
On May 4, 2014 another fire broke out in a cluster of homes called Sandbanks near Treasure Cay. Sandbanks is a predominantly Haitian community with many families living in very close quarters under conditions where construction and zoning enforcement is very lax. Consequently, fires in communities such as these are often more extensive than they might be otherwise.
This fire has displaced some 100 adults, more than 36 children and 15 infants and toddlers.
Community relief efforts have been centered around a local church (Treasure Cay Gospel Church), which is still under construction, but which is helping to dispense water, food, and clothing, and is serving as a temporary shelter for some of the families displaced by the fire.
The church has cushioned pews which are serving as temporary bedding.
Donations have been gathered through CrowdRise for a total of $1,000 plus $40 received on-the-spot.
These donations were used to purchase food and personal-need items (as listed below) for the families affected by the fire in Sandbanks. These supplies were purchased and delivered to the Treasure Cay Gospel Church in Sandbanks on May 19, and Pastor Cerafina was very grateful to receive these goods.
These supplies will help to sustain the families affected by the fire. However, their needs are greater than could initially be met, and they continue to need clothing and bedding supplies, along with food and water.
Mack Altidor has faithfully served the relief effort after the Pigeon Pea fire from New Year’s Eve, and now he has graciously offered his experience and connections to help with the relief effort in Sandbanks.
Mr. Altidor helped with picking up specific supplies that he knew would be most needed and useful for the displaced families. He was also instrumental in getting discounts because of his previous work with the relief effort in Pigeon Pea. He also called on some local contacts that he knew to get a sizable discount on purchasing water.