FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF) recently partnered with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Kappa Lambda Lambda, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to donate food to an estimated 98 families in need on Grand Bahama.
“The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation, together with valued partners Zeta Rho Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and Kappa Lambda Lambda, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, has provided much-needed healthy food supplies to disadvantaged families across the island of Grand Bahama,” a statement by the organization read.
“Although more than a year has passed since Hurricane Dorian left Grand Bahama in ruins, many families are still in recovery mode. Homes are in need of repair and families are in need of basic essentials, including food. For this initiative, which was carried out on November 29, the GBDRF provided food supplies, and partners Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity sorted, packaged and delivered them.”
GBDRF Director Karla McIntosh spoke to the need to continue providing support for those in need.
“Ensuring families have the basic necessity of food is of utmost importance at this time,” she said. “People are still hurting and we want to help as much as we are able. With local partnerships, we can do more, so we are truly grateful for the assistance of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.”
President of Zeta Rho Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc Afrika Karamo and President of Kappa Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc Ntieado Knowles both expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the partnership.
Karamo noted, “Our combined efforts allowed us to reach 98 families, a fitting number as we celebrated our 98th Founders’ Day in ‘Rhovember’ of this year.”
Knowles added, “Our island has experienced challenging times since Hurricane Dorian and, now, COVID-19 has made 2020 a tumultuous year for so many families.
“It warms our hearts to know that we were able to help provide sustenance to many. Food is an essential part of our everyday lives that we all need and deserve.”
McIntosh sought to assure Grand Bahamians that the GBDRF, which was founded by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and is funded by local and international donors, “remains committed to serving persons in need within our communities”.
“We are grateful to all donors who have graciously helped us to assist Grand Bahamians and residents since Hurricane Dorian, and now through the global pandemic COVID-19,” McIntosh said.
“We continue to partner with organizations who share our overall objective of meeting the needs of others through home repair or food distribution programs. We are grateful for the assistance that they provide, and we look forward to continuing to work together.”
For more information on the work of the GBDRF, interested parties may visit their website at https://www.gbdisasterrelief.org/.