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Funds and special considerations for St. Maarten, Saba and Statia
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribbean Region
established a Nature and Culture Relief Fund

 Hurricane Irma as it passes over the Windward Islands, September 6, 2017


Willemstad – On September 8th, 2017, after it became clear how much damage the passing of hurricane Irma caused to the Dutch Windward Islands, the board of the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean Region (PBCCG) met to discuss how it would respond.

Existing government and human service organizations will assist with general humanitarian needs but are often unable to meet the specific and unique needs of the nature and culture community including immediate recovery and preservation of artwork, tools, equipment and facilities. As we strongly believe that nature and culture are basic human needs, the PBCCG board decided that while others are scrambling to meet the general humanitarian needs, it is our duty to give support to start re-establishing nature and culture organizations and programs.

The PBCCG board has approved funds for disaster relief as per attached decision. We recognize that we do not have sufficient funds to do make a vast difference; we do however think that our contributions will give people the message that their work is appreciated, and, stronger still essential to the effort to rebuilding their communities. This message in turn will give these organization hope and courage as they face the obstacles ahead of them.

We are currently also communicating with other potential donor organizations to contribute to the fund established, as we believe that our 64+ years of experience on these islands, with people on the ground make us the most capable partner to aid the nature and culture NGOs under these circumstances. Anyone or any organization that wants to contribute to our fund, can contact us via or call us at +59997671584, we will gladly accept a helping hand.

The PBCCG believes that in this disaster lies an opportunity to rebuild even better and therefore hopes that the funds offered would be used to bring people together, foster collaboration, and be a catalyst for further sustainable development and rebuilding efforts. We will work hard with our representatives, the NGOs and external advisors to achieve these goals.

In the coming days, circumstances permitting, we will discuss the procedure for this fund with our representatives on Saba, Statia and St. Maarten and will shortly make it known to the stakeholders how they can influence content and make use of the funds.

In the meantime, in view of the possibility that many have lost their administration and/or ability to operate projects we supported, the PBCCG is giving special consideration to all currently active regular subsidies to our friends and NGOs on the Dutch Windward Islands. The particulars hereof will be communicated directly to them.

On behalf of the
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribbean Region


Michèle Russel-Capriles