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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute Activates Boots on the Ground-Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Response

International Black Women Public Policy Institute Members

Atlanta, GA — In response to the Bahamas’ continued need after Hurricane Dorian, The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) has activated its “IBWPPI Boots on the Ground-Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Response.” They have secured volunteers to collect rain boots, used firefighter boots and police uniform boots that are sturdy and safe for walking and working in water.

They have also dispatched city coordinators in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Dallas. In addition to coordinators in the United States, country coordinators in the Bahamas and Bermuda have also been established.

IBWPPI’s plan is two fold:

1) providing immediate needs to families by distributing 200 boots/socks and toiletries care packages.

2) restoration providing financial support for families to help jump start their lives.

The goal is to support 200 families in critical need for one year. IBWPPI intends to purchase and ship 200 pairs of much-needed work and rain-boots with socks along with toiletries care packages to the Bahamas as soon as possible. These boots will be distributed to women, men, and children and will help prevent waterborne diseases that can cause other major health problems. IBWPPI implemented a similar project their partner Community2Community (C2C) in Haïti for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. “We know this kind of help is needed, works and save lives!” stated President Barbara A. Perkins.


Funds are urgently needed to ship boots and supplies. IBWPPI has set up a GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hurricane-relief-support-for-the-bahamas

Help is needed today! All donations for this effort will go directly to purchasing the items needed and shipping to the Bahamas. The organization does not have a large staff or administration costs; therefore, your contribution will go directly to the people who need it the most with immediacy.

IBWPPI is led by a collective of intergenerational women leaders representing the interests of women in countries throughout the African Diaspora, including North America, the Caribbean, as well as, countries throughout the continent of Africa. It’s mission: Connecting and advocating for Black Women globally through acts of kindness and public policy.

To support, contact 818-571-1097 or visit www.ibwppi.org. For media inquiries, call Cheryl Brownlee, the Communications Director at 510-813-2122.