Toes in the Water, Ass in the Sand
The Caribbean islands are near and dear to my heart. best site http://gfinalcut.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://gfinalcut.com/gfinalcut-41-2/ A previous blog post featured my two BVI favorites: Tortola and Virgin Gorda. These serene islands sit tucked away on the Caribbean Sea and are home to friendly, laid-back locals. During a visit to the BVI’s tourists can enjoy beach bars with fantastic views and hidden coves made for swimming. Similarly, The Caribbean is a “toes in the water, ass in the sand” kind of vacation. (I think my little guy above agrees)…
However, in 2017 the beautiful BVI’s were hit by a relentless hurricane named Irma. She left behind a massive trail of destruction to homes and businesses.
Tortola’s Road Town Harbor after hurricane. Photo Credit: @ Tortola.Net
Post Irma, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite, partnered with Unite BVI to help rebuild the torn community. Together they’re working to improve the economy and encourage the return of tourism in the British Virgin Islands. I have much respect for the passion and dedication the Branson family shows to their community. Their desire to continue to restore the livelihood of the people, after such a great loss is honorable. Following Irma, countless hours have been spent on the ground to deliver essential supplies, and to assess the long term needs of those affected by Irma’s destructive path.
As a result of the tireless efforts of Virgin Unite and Unite BVI, education scholarships have been awarded to the local community. In addition, business resources are available to help empower social entrepreneurs. As well as mentorship, funding is available to help future entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. Affordable, low interest business loans are difficult to secure in the area, but this program gives entrepreneurs the financial means to reach their dreams. Also, Branson’s desire to take action on improving climate change is a pillar of focus. Due to ongoing renewable energy discussions between Virgin Unite, and clean energy pioneers, a better BVI is on the horizon. Virgin for the win again!
Tortola’s downtown street devastated by Irma. Photo Credit: @ Travel Weekly
Despite the heartbreaking photos of Irma’s devastation, the tourism community continues to bounce back! As a result (with help of efforts by Unite BVI and Virgin Unite) hot spots like Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Tortola are ready and waiting to welcome tourists! Also, yacht clubs and marinas have been rebuilt. The marina owners are eager and ready to serve the loyal yachting community.
Our favorite place to eat Conch Fritters, Jerk Chicken and Angie’s warm bread pudding in Virgin Gorda; The Top of the Baths! My daughter loves drinking a smoothie and sending her Instagram and Snapchat stories from the balcony.
How to Help
In the meantime, if you’d like to help donate toward continued restoration progress in the BVI’s, visit the ‘BVI Community Support Appeal’ which helps to assist in raising money for the long term reconstruction of the area. 100% of the donations collected go directly to the community.