Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to strike the Bahamas, leaving at least 70,000 in need of immediate lifesaving help. The hurricane destroyed 60 percent of the homes on the Abaco Islands, has left the main hospital in Grand Bahama unusable and has badly damaged roads and infrastructure needed to bring in aid. There is no running water, no electricity and food stores are running out.
In response to this profound and urgent disaster, we are committing $100,000 from the Bain Capital Relief Fund to support two organizations at the forefront of the recovery effort: Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen. At the moment, the lack of medical supplies and food are two of the most urgent issues causing suffering in the Bahamas. These organizations are directly addressing those critical matters.
Organizations supporting relief in the Bahamas
Bain Capital will provide $50,000 to Direct Relief, a global nonprofit that equips healthcare providers caring for vulnerable people during emergencies and beyond. Direct Relief is coordinating delivery of over 1,500 pounds of lifesaving drugs and other medical supplies to clinics and teams of physician. Bain Capital also supported Direct Relief in its efforts after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.
World Central Kitchen
Bain Capital will also provide $50,000 to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that establishes emergency response kitchens to provide food and deliver meals to impacted communities. World Central Kitchen has established kitchens in Nassau and Abaco and are working to set-up additional kitchens in the coming days. Bain Capital also supported World Central Kitchen in its efforts after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
About the Bain Capital Relief Fund
The Bain Capital Relief Fund builds on the firm’s long history of supporting disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Fukushima and numerous other incidents. The fund was seeded with contributions from Bain Capital managing directors and employees, and grants are deployed to nonprofit organizations delivering humanitarian relief and ongoing reconstruction assistance in response to major crises that occur around the world. Since inception, the Relief Fund has provided $750,000 to nonprofit organizations supporting relief and reconstruction after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Michael in Florida, the Camp wildfire in northern California, Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa, flooding in Nebraska, and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.