MARIGOT–SXM Project, a U.S. based non-profit organisation focusing on St. Martin/Sint Maarten, recently delivered home appliances to eight individuals and families in need on the island.
With the assistance of Shams located in Philipsburg, the deliveries were made to recipients from September 12 to 15, 2018. Shams is an on-island business specialising in appliances, electronics and mattresses.
Each recipient was interviewed and visited by local volunteer Carline Jean-Philippe, to get a sense of the level of need and which appliances they would most benefit from at this time.
Marie Nauvais, in French Cul-de-Sac, was grateful for her new refrigerator. As she told SXM Project President Donny Dicharry, she had been using a cooler box to store her perishable food for the past year since Irma, walking to the store to pick up ice every couple of days.
SXM Project began with a 3-phase strategy: Relief, Restore and Re-establish. Phase 1 of Relief administered over 33,000 pounds of aid, including food and generators to over 500 residents of St. Martin/St. Maarten.
Additionally, volunteers have been on the ground, helping to clear debris and secure tarps on damaged homes. The donation of appliances to islanders in need is part of Phase 2-Restore.
SXM Project will continue to offer support to the island, with more strategies and progress to be announced. To be a part of this project or other upcoming initiatives, please contact SXM Project or consider donating through the charity website www.sxmproject.org.
SXM Project, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation located in St. Rose, Louisiana, was created by a small group of private individuals who own homes on St. Martin/St. Maarten or frequently vacation here. The news reports as Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017, caused grave concern for their friends and families on the island. The economic heart of this tourist-driven island took a severe blow that will take many years to fully re-establish. SXM Project will help.