The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) received a donation from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to support the rehabilitation of a community clinic in Crooked Island, Bahamas, that sustained severe damage in October 2015 due to Hurricane Joaquin.
"We are pleased to partner with Royal Caribbean to deliver vital medical supplies to one of the most secluded islands in the Bahamas,” says Liza Mantilla, PADF's director of disaster management. “This clinic is a lifeline to the community. Thanks to this new equipment, it will be able to operate and continue providing care for local residents.”
With funding from Royal Caribbean, PADF procured the most urgently-needed medical equipment to facilitate the reopening of the clinic, which serves the remote island’s 330 residents. The clinic will now have a new examination table, vital signs monitor, defibrillator, centrifuge, electrocardiogram machine and a wheelchair, to help resume its day-to-day operations. In January 2016, Royal Caribbean and PADF donated 15 portable household generators to hurricane-affected families in Crooked Island.
"On behalf of The Bahamas government, the Ministry of Health and NEMA we are truly pleased with the partnership that has developed within the past year between PADF and NEMA in assisting with our Joaquin relief and assistance program," said Captain Steven Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). "Both the donation of the generators which were delivered to needy persons on affected islands and now the assortment of medical equipment for the clinics in Crooked Island is indeed greatly appreciated and will continue to go a long way in bringing relief, restoration and support to the island of Crooked Island."
The donation was made possible through coordination with the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency, the Ministry of Health and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Washington, D.C.
Since 2007, Royal Caribbean has donated more than $2 million to PADF to fund disaster management, community strengthening and sustainable livelihoods in the region. Oversight for Royal Caribbean’s corporate social responsibility program has been provided by PADF in 25 countries, focusing on timely response to and recovery from natural disasters and enhancing the prosperity and resilience of communities.
Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm, hit The Bahamas in October 2015. Storm surges and heavy rainfall caused extensive flooding in the southern Long, Acklins, and Crooked Island, severely damaging housing, roads, medical clinics, communications systems, coastal ecosystems, and water and sanitation infrastructure. Initial estimates place the damage incurred by Hurricane Joaquin to be well over USD $60 million.