Visit will highlight ongoing efforts to continue building back in the wake of last year’s hurricane season
New York, NY – On Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, at the invitation of local leaders, President Bill Clinton will travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica to visit communities that were impacted by two devastating Category 5 hurricanes last year. The visit includes sites that are receiving assistance through the work of the Clinton Foundation and its partners, and follows an announcement that the Clinton Foundation will be launching a new Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday, on the island of St. Thomas, President Clinton will visit My Brother’s Workshop, a local nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and job training and placement to at-risk youth. My Brother’s Workshop received assistance from the One America Appeal through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. From there, President Clinton will join Governor Mapp and Congresswoman Plaskett at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, where he will see the damage caused by the storms and donate medical supplies provided by long-time Clinton Foundation partner Direct Relief. President Clinton will then travel to the island of St. John, where he will visit the only public school on the island, the Julius E. Sprauve School, which was badly damaged. President Clinton will tour the school and meet with students, staff, and community leaders – helping to guide commitments being made to support recovery efforts in the education sector through the Clinton Foundation’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.
In Dominica on Tuesday, President Clinton will meet with President Savarin, Prime Minister Skerrit, as well as Cabinet Ministers to learn what progress has been made since the hurricanes, including efforts to develop climate-resilient infrastructure. Following the meetings, President Clinton will visit Pichelin village, a community that was devastated by Hurricane Maria, to meet residents and hear how the storm has affected them and what relief needs remain. President Clinton will then visit the Soufriere Primary School, where he will meet students and teachers.
Through these visits, President Clinton will see the impact of the hurricanes and their current needs for recovery and rebuilding, which will help guide in the creation of partnerships and commitments for the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. These visits follow a trip to Puerto Rico in November of last year, when President Clinton visited communities that were impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, assessing progress of the work of the Clinton Foundation and its partners to deliver emergency medical supplies and solar energy resources.
In addition, responding to urgent, widespread need in the midst of a catastrophic hurricane season, President Clinton joined with the other four living former American presidents to issue the “One America Appeal” to ask their fellow citizens and friends around the world to support the staggering recovery needs.
These efforts continue President Clinton’s longstanding role of helping marshal resources to respond to natural disasters, including after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, and Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010.
***Site Visits for Planning Purposes Only***Subject to Change***
Monday, February 5, 2018
WHAT: Visit to My Brother’s Workshop
WHERE: My Brother's Workshop
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
WHEN: Pre-Set by 9:15 AM
President Clinton will be visiting My Brother’s Workshop, a local St. Thomas nonprofit organization with the mission of assisting at-risk youth to become positive members of society through mentoring, training, education, and job placement. My Brother’s Workshop has received support from the One America Appeal through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
WHAT: Tour of Schneider Regional Medical Center Hospital
WHERE: Schneider Regional Medical Center
9048 Alton Adams Sr. Dr., St Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
WHEN: Pre-Set by 10:30 AM
President Clinton is visiting the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas, which operates a hospital and cancer center in St. Thomas and a primary healthcare facility in St. John. The cancer center and health facility were destroyed in the storm, and the hospital was badly damaged. President Clinton will be donating medical supplies specifically requested by the hospital, provided by Direct Relief.
WHAT: Visit and Community Meeting at Julius E. Sprauve School
WHERE: Julius E. Sprauve School
Hill Street, Cruz Bay, St John
U.S. Virgin Islands
WHEN: Pre-Set by 1:30 PM
President Clinton will be visiting the Julius E. Sprauve School, which is the only public school on St. John island. The school was badly impacted by the hurricanes and while it is open now, it still has damage to its infrastructure and other needs that require attention. President Clinton will tour the school and speak with students, staff, and community leaders about their needs for recovery and rebuilding, which will help guide in the creation of partnerships and commitments for the Clinton Foundation’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.
Note: While the meeting is closed to the press, there will be a photo opportunity at the beginning of the meeting only.
***Details for Tuesday’s visits in Dominica will be announced on Monday***
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