We want to reach out and thank you so very much for your donations!
Jen is in Tegucigalpa, Honduras meeting with the major stores to see how we can all work together to purchase the large quantity, big-ticket items in order to get them to the people as soon as possible.
After talking to all the staff members directly, and getting details of how they were affected, what they lost, what they need to replace, we created a spreadsheet with an analysis of these items. We scoured the major stores in Honduras to make a bulk purchase. Currently, we are talking to the stores and buying these items.
The final piece of the puzzle is the logistics of getting everything to Guanaja and to the staff, which we have already planned out. We have also offered storage space for staff who do not currently have a place for these items.
Last week, the owners came down and met personally with all the staff, both directly and indirectly affected, who have the burden of the loss to carry. We wrote them a letter explaining what is happening and what is to come.
The staff whose homes and items were completely lost, received L.12,000 lempiras each ($500), to help get the items that they need now, such as shoes, underwear, food, curtains, coolers, utensils, and so forth.
To give you an idea of some of the items we are replacing, we are getting, 11 refrigerators, 23 queen beds, 13 washing machines, 35-night stands, 34 dressers, 10 sofa sets, 24 sets of silverware, 20 televisions, 13 blenders, 3 glucose meters, pots, pans, silverware, and the list goes on.
We hope this update helps you understand how critical you have been to aid 31 people (15 employees and their families).
We thank you for your help, compassion, and above all for being part of this Dunbar Rock/ Clark's Cay Family.
A devastating fire ripped through nearby Bonacca, where many of our staff live. They have lost everything: their homes, clothing, personal effects gone, everything burned. (Clark's Cay and Guanaja Airport were not affected by the fire.)
Please open your hearts and donate to the wonderful staff who has brought smiles to your faces over the years. Their families are desperate for any help you can give.
There are several ways you can help.
We have a gofundme page set up to accept cash donations. In many cases, this is the most helpful so we can simply purchase what is needed at the time.
Donations can be boxed and shipped to:
Guanaja Disaster Relief
1308 Village Creek Dr.
Plano Texas 75093
Clothing, shoes and small household items, linens, towels, etc. are all helpful. Food is complicated and transport is difficult so please avoid those items.
If you will be traveling to Guanaja soon, the same items can be taken with you as well. If you can consolidate it into separate suitcases, that will be helpful so that we can make sure it gets from your international destination to Guanaja at no charge to you.