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Hurricane Irma: Team Rubicon announces West End Community Centre rebuilding project on Tortola

Hurricane Irma: Team Rubicon announces West End Community Centre rebuilding project on Tortola

Team Rubicon has agreed with the British Virgin Islands Ministry of Health & Social Development to help rebuild the West End Community Centre on Tortola which was severely damaged during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

As part of our ongoing partnership with non-profit One Love BVI and generous funding from the WaterWheel Foundation, Team Rubicon has been able to start collaboration towards the significant work needed to restore this essential community facility.

The West End Community Centre is an essential sporting and social hub and also serves as a emergency shelter during natural disasters. Team Rubicon is working with the ministry and a local contractor to “build back better” and improve the resilience and quality of the structure.

Charlie Peschardt, Team Rubicon Caribbean Program Manager, said:

“After Hurricane Irma last year, the West End of Tortola was cut off from the rest of the island for several days, and so having a strong building to act as a shelter for locals, and to potentially use as a hub for community response efforts is vital.

Given the location and the potential vulnerability of nearby island Jost van Dyke, this is a natural jumping off point for disaster response and support efforts to that community, and so again a hub here in West End adds strategic value in times of need.”

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