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.

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 enacted 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 agree that it is of the upmost importance to continue to provide a safe and stimulating place for children to go while their parents rebuild their lives, and that as the recovery process continues, there is a fully functioning school to return to in January.

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.

Sincerely,

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Scott Crawford, M.Ed
Director, Cedar International School

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