Emmanuel International Canada is helping the families of Barbuda with emergency food kits..

Hurricane Irma ran a path of destruction across the Leeward Islands and Barbuda was the hardest hit. Packing 185-mile-per-hour winds, the storm destroyed houses, snapping trees and killing at least one person. Confirmed reports indicate that the infrastructure of Barbuda is 90% destroyed.

Gaston Browne, the prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, described the island as “barely habitable” after the powerful Category 5 storm struck.

This is a crisis of major proportion, for those who are in shelters have their houses destroyed. The 1500 families on Barbuda were evacuated to nearby island Antigua until the Government can assess the situation.

Emmanuel International Canada EIC Director Richard McGowan said, “We are coordinating with the Moravian Church as well as through our EIC network to maximize our potential response for Barbuda, EIC has worked with the Moravian Church on past projects.”

The airport on Barbuda has been destroyed, which means that Antigua will be used as a hub.

We are working with the Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda to collect needed items for the people of Barbuda who have had their homes and belongings destroyed,” said McGowan.

Donations can be made at EIC online at eicanada.org or by phone.

We are asking people to drop off new items between the hours of 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10am to noon at the EIC Canadian Head Office located at 3967 Stouffville Road.

There is a request for dried and canned food, Baby Food, Baby clothes (new) Toiletries, Soap, Dried & canned milk, Flash lights and Tarpaulins etc.

Visit www.eicanada.org for more information.