Cedar’s recovery after Hurricane Irma
Dear Cedar families and friends,
We are writing to you today to enlist your help. In the words of the Hon. Premier Orlando Smith, ‘there is no sugar coating this one’. We are all acutely aware of the devastating effect hurricane Irma has had on the territory, and that there are a good many priorities for attention and funding.
Cedar is an essential component of the fabric of society in the BVI, and is fundamental to it’s economy and aspirations. So many professionals are able to live and work in the BVI because there is a respected, accredited, International Baccalaureate school where their children can attain an excellent education.
If we truly want to return the island to normalcy, and make it possible for professionals from around the world to return, we need to ensure there will be a place for their children to thrive.
Cedar was relatively lucky in terms of the physical impact on the campus, but some basic infrastructure is absolutely essential to providing a safe hygienic environment for children. We are currently unable to produce clean drinking water to cater for students, our generator will require constant refuelling until mains power is restored, and added to that our septic system has failed at this crucial juncture.
With a staff of over 50, and a student population which is largely temporarily displaced, the short term outlook on being able to keep going presents a significant challenge. We rely almost exclusively on tuition fees and as a non profit organisation, any reserves are minimal.
The good news is that we have a plan to see though and make the most of this interim period, with the goal of returning to a fully functioning IB school in January. It will require a lot of help and funding, likely to be in excess of $500,000. We hope you will take a moment to review the attached outline below, and will agree that it is of the upmost importance to enact the plan as soon as possible so that children have a safe and stimulating place to go while their parents continue to rebuild their lives, and that as the recovery process continues, there is a fully functioning school to return to.
If you are able to help, we urge you to contribute and keep Cedar going at this challenging time. You may contribute online via our YouCaring fundraiser here, or contact us to find out other payment options, including tax efficient giving for US residents.
Thank you in advance for any support you can offer.
Scott Crawford, M.Ed
Director, Cedar International School
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If you are interested in finding out more about Cedar International School, or would like to visit our campus in the British Virgin Islands please send us an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can.