ABOUT ST JOHN
St John is a smaller USVI island. Because of it is more remote than other USVI islands, it has been forgotten in the news and as a consequence it is not receiving as much attention by the relief effort. Although many people think of the Virgin Islands as a place of luxury vacations, most inhabitants are not wealthy vacationers. Many residents have lost their both their homes and their jobs because residences and bulidings were demolished and tourists will not return for a very long while.
Kathryn Blackbird and I are raising money to provide potable water for St. John inhabitants.
As many of you know Eri Weinstein and I weathered Hurricane Irma on St. John USVI, and then spent a week there in the aftermath. Irma’s winds devastated the island, and she was followed by the rains of her sister Maria, which left St. John without many basic needs like food, electricity, shelter, and water. On the basis of the current news reports, this may be the situation for months.
If any of you have anything left in the coffers after the wake of the hurricanes and the earthquakes, please donate. Even a small donation will help.
Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase, ship, and distribute at least a pallet of Lifestraw Community point-of-use water purifier units. We are working with the St. John Community Foundation for distribution.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
Stan and Kathy
LifeStraw Safe Water Fund wrote:
Due to the overwhelming number of storms and flooding hitting the Southern United States, several Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico, we have expanded our Relief Fund to cover additional areas experiencing boil water notices and lack of clean drinking water. LifeStraw has always felt a responsibility to respond to problems of water quality around the world. The company is making initial donations of product to affected populations and the Safe Water Fund helps us to expand the number of people we can reach. Together, we can help affected communities access clean drinking water in times of crisis.
One LifeStraw Go provides 1,000 gallons of safe water – that’s equivalent to over 8,000 single use plastic bottles
LifeStraws have been used to prevent waterborne disease for victims of disaster all over the world. Most recently, LifeStraw’s Safe Water Fund has helped to support victims of the disasters in Haiti, Ecuador, Peru, South Sudan, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines. LifeStraw is committed to ensuring people have access to safe water, preventing waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and bacterial contamination that can often happen after disasters. We have teams in 64 countries globally.