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Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes #551989
08/10/21 05:42 PM
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Hi there. My name is Wendy Auxillou and I live on Caye Caulker in Belize.

I am working alongside a group of fellow villagers (Celina Jimenez, Dionne Greene, Valentin Marin, Joshua Marin) to assist the victims of a terrible tragedy that occurred last night.

Last night at 2:00 a.m. fire destroyed three homes in the Bahia Puesta del Sol subdivision which left four families or a total of 13 persons homeless and penniless.

Six of the victims are children ranging in age from 9 months to 11 years old.

They have lost everything!

There are people and organizations working locally to assist them with food, temporary shelter, and emergency items, and we are grateful to all of them.

With this fundraiser, however, we hope to assist the affected families with the rebuilding of their homes. A home is so important for stability, security and peace of mind, especially for the families with small children who are scheduled to begin school very shortly.

To that end, we are seeking donations to purchase building materials and pay construction costs. Our goal is US$20,000.

Could you spare a few dollars to assist these people? Any little bit helps.

We thank you in advance for your generosity!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-caye-caulker-fire-victims-rebuild-their-home

Re: Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes [Re: Marty] #552002
08/12/21 06:39 PM
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Major Residential Fire on Caye Caulker Leaves 14 Homeless


Family of 15 Displaced by Fire in Caye Caulker
A fire broke out early this morning in Caye Caulker Village. The windy weather did not help, so despite efforts to extinguish the raging fire, it spread, robbing a family of fifteen of all they had been working for. But as News Five’s Duane Moody found out, the island really is aptly nicknamed La Isla Cariñosa as residents turned out to show their love and support for the devastated fire victims.


Investigation Underway on Cause of Fire
Personnel from the National Fire Service were back on the scene later today doing their investigation in an effort to determine its cause. What is known is that the fire started in the smallest structure, but it is uncertain what sparked the blaze. One man is in police custody, who investigators say is claiming that the fire may have been as a result of a lit fish coil. But Station Supervisor Kenneth Mortis is refuting that claim.



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Any donation that you want to send to Caye Caulker via Tropic Air please label "fire victims" and all charges will be wavered! Thank you

Re: Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes [Re: Marty] #552006
08/12/21 06:58 PM
08/12/21 06:58 PM
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Major Residential Fire on Caye Caulker Leaves 14 Homeless

A residential fire on the island of Caye Caulker early this morning alarmed residents as the screams of those living in the homes affected rang out. But despite the firefighters who responded and the bucket brigade the neighbors formed, the three buildings situated right next to each other were burnt to the ground. The residents were only able to save themselves and the clothes on their backs. Today, they were tearful as they spoke about the years of hard work that went into building their homes and ensuring their children lived comfortably. But this resilient family isn't giving up yet, but they're asking for assistance from the wider public. Courtney Menzies travelled to the island today and has this story.

Courtney Menzies: 7 adults and 7 children watched as everything they owned went up in smoke this morning in Caye Caulker. A fire engulfed the homes, some just recently built, around 2:15 and by the time the smoke cleared, everything had turned to ash. Now, they're starting over from scratch but will need all the help they can get.

Leslie Verde, Fire Victim
"My mom, she is really sad because we are not family that can say we will get our house burned down and the next day we could build back. We are not rich, we didn't have fancy houses, but we worked hard for it and that's the main thing that hurts."

The matriarch of the family had finally built her house after years of struggling, and just when she thought she could enjoy her senior years, the fire burnt that dream to the ground. She was so overwhelmed that she fainted while the fire on ongoing.

And her daughter, Leslie Verde, who was set to work on her own home this month, said that all she could think about was saving her three children. Her voice was hoarse because of all the screaming she had done this morning.

Leslie Verde, Fire Victim
"I was asleep, I was in my bed when they called, when my common-law woke me and said the house is getting burned. And I thought it was a joke but when I got up and I got outside, I saw the big fire. Yes we did have time to take out something but at that moment, all I thought was my kids, to get them out. So that was the only thing we could do, just take the main things out but at that time material stuff we could get it but life we can't. So that's the only thing that… we wanted to even save the house but we couldn't."

It was Verde's sister-in-law, Stephanie Dominguez, who alerted the rest of the family that they needed to get out as soon as possible.

Stephanie Dominguez, Fire Victim
"I don't know what happened at the moment, because I just know when I opened my eyes when I heard my husband hollering saying, "Fire! Fire! Get out of the house!" When I turn and I opened my eye and I look, I saw my window where I wash my dishes was already in flames, like fire was already in my house, I just grabbed my son and I rush outside. From there I start bawling, bawling, for everyone that my house is on fire. My sister-in-law came out, my other sister-in-law came out, my mother-in-law, everyone came out, the neighbors tried to grab bucket try to off the fire but the fire just went."

And she watched as the new appliances she worked so hard for turned in ashes.

Stephanie Dominguez, Fire Victim
"I bought my blender just the other, and it's new, just today we planned to go to split to do a little thing and use it and see how it work, I just bought my refridge, my refridge have not even two months, my microwave, my TV, I had a lot of stuff in my house and that really hurt because I really work hard for my things. Sometimes I don't even want to go to work but I still go to work, struggle and thing, but I still go because I know what I want in my house and that really really hurt."

But how did the fire even start? Well, Verde brother had allowed a homeless man to sleep under their house. He wasn't there a week before he caused the fire that burnt it to the ground.

Leslie Verde, Fire Victim
"I tried to talk to him, I spoke to him and I said, why you did it to us? Why you didn't hail us before the fire was spreading? He said all he felt was a heat on his feet like the fire was already burning his foot off and he said that he tried to out it but I think when he realized that he couldn't out the fire himself he tried to call my other little brother because he noticed that the whole house was in fore already so he tried to tell my little brother because it's on fire, when my little brother got out of the house, the whole thing was on fire and the only thing he could do is call his common-law and wake up his son and get out, no one could take nothing out, my sister-in-law didn't take money, they lost money, they lost everything."

And while that man was at fault, the community immediately jumped in to help with a bucket brigade from a nearby lagoon.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker
"The structure was in flames, it was big, it was scary to be honest. And the firemen were trying their best, they tried to start the firetruck and they had some difficulties, they had to reroute the main source of water and that's when they got through and they started to do their work."

But while the incident was tragic, the support from the Caye Caulker Community has been overwhelming.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker
"A business owner provided lunch, another individual provided dinner, the calls immediately started to come in, h ow we could help, the CDRT immediately active, Ms Bonnie was on it, how can we help, and we opened the community center and donations are trickling in slowly but the love is always there and we're grateful for that in times of disaster."

"We're looking at providing them with building materials so if anybody it out there and would want to assist with building materials and we'd greatly appreciate that. And if you all want to reach out it's not a problem, but we do want to help them."

Both Verde and Dominguez said that they wanted to give their kids a head start in life by providing a home for them, but now that hard work has been burnt up.

And while they watched the flames tear their home apart, they were glad that everyone was safe. And they're also grateful for the support they are receiving.

Leslie Verde, Fire Victim
"The community is helping a lot with food, with clothes, so I really appreciate everyone that's out there helping us in this hard time."

Courtney Menzies:
"Is there anything that you're especially in need of, even if it's for the kids, that you would ask the wider community outside of Caye Caulker to assist with?"

Leslie Verde, Fire Victim
"School supplies. School stuff. Because that's the main thing I was just getting, little by little, but my mom is the one, well all of us need help in something, but thanks for everyone that's helping with the little they're doing."

The 7 children affected are between the ages of 8-months to 11-years-old. The family can be contacted at 636-2070 or 672-7685.

Channel 7


Re: Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes [Re: Marty] #552068
08/15/21 04:49 AM
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UPDATE ONE ON OUR GOFUNDME FUNDRAISER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE FIRE VICTIMS!

It's been a few days since we launched this campaign and I believe it's now time to give an update.

Thank you...

First of all, thank you to all of you who have made donations. From the bottom of our hearts, we are eternally grateful for your kindness and generosity. YOU are the foundation ... the building block ... of the work we hope to accomplish. Please pat yourselves on the back, you are amazing!

GoFundMe issues...

We were so blessed to have our GFM campaign start out the gate at such a crisp pace. The response and reception amazed and startled us and I guess it startled GFM too. Because the donations were pouring in so rapidly, GFM blocked withdrawals until they could review the fundraiser to make sure it was legitimate. This took about three days and in fact, the first withdrawal was just released today. This is why we were hesitant to give an update. We didn't want to jump the gun until we were sure the funds would be available to us to use and we were not setting ourselves up to be disappointed. Thankfully, that day was today! Hurray!

While we were waiting...

While we were waiting for GFM to approve our fundraiser, volunteers set about clearing the site of debris and cleaning the area for the reconstruction. This took a couple of days. The fire victims who had received some cash donations elsewhere then began prepping the site and casting footers which will hold the posts that will elevate the main house. Some sand was also dumped on the ground, which is below sea level. We then sent a group of carpenters to view the site, do estimates and put together a materials list. Deep down we figured our fundraiser would eventually be approved, so we met with the principals of the local hardware store who did three really nice things: 1. They allowed us to preorder items on credit, 2. they allowed us to purchase all the items at cost, and 3. they offered us the use of their heavy equipment. In case you don't know how Caye Caulker operates, a barge comes in from the mainland with supplies twice a week. We were approved to withdraw funds today, just in time for the barge's arrival.

Today..

The barge arrived today and our supplies began rolling in. These were taken to the site where work commenced immediately. I will post videos of today's events with this update. From here on, we intend to proceed full speed ahead until the work is complete. We promise to keep providing periodic updates as we go along. All the workers are neighbors, friends and volunteers.

Accountability...

We are grateful that you have trusted us to manage your donations and intend to be held accountable for every dollar we have received. We have not yet received the invoice from the hardware store for the first amount of supplies we have received, but we intend to post them as soon as we have them in hand so that you know how your money is being spent. Please look out for them in subsequent updates.

Thank you 2...

Again, thank you for giving us the opportunity to assist the victims of this terrible fire. Our hearts are filled with gratitude. One love, one heart.

PLEASE ASSIST BY DONATING OR SHARING OUR GOFUNDME LINK AROUND:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-caye-caulker-fire-victims-rebuild-their-home

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Re: Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes [Re: Marty] #552095
08/17/21 04:30 AM
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San Pedro Lions Club collects donations for Caye Caulker fire victims

Following the August 10th fire in Caye Caulker, that left four families homeless, an outpour of support from the community, governmental and non-governmental groups surged. Help also came from San Pedro Town, where the San Pedro Lions Club collected an assortment of non-perishable food items, clothes, and a $1,600 cheque for the four families affected. This donation was delivered to the fire victims on Saturday, August 14th, when members the Lions Club visited La Isla Cariñosa.

President Everette Anderson and his team collected items on the 11th and 12th of August at the Lions Den on Barrier Reef Drive. They reached out to the island community for assistance to provide for the families affected by the fire on our sister island. On Friday the 13th, they packed the donations collected and traveled to the Caye Caulker following day.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes [Re: Marty] #552146
08/19/21 04:35 AM
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The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to express deep gratitude to each and every individual, organization and business that have reached out to assist the fire victims. The love and support is still being felt. Meals were provided by Lazy Lizard Restaurant and Bar, Celi August, Sandy Watters, and Delia Moh. Donations came from across the country from various organizations and we thank you immensely. Special mentions to:

Area Representative Hon. Andre Perez
Mrs. Wendy Auxillou
Mr. Joshua and Cassia Marin
Orange Walk United Women's Group
Hope Haven ( who prepared special packages for the children)
Oasis of Hope Ministry
Yo Creekenos Unidos
San Pedro Lions Group
CDRTs
Ladyville Highlights
Tropic
San Pedro Belize Express
NEMO volunteers
Kristel Aguilar
Caye Caulker Village Council Staff
BTIA
Chinese Community
Cary Cutkelvin
Marty’s Lumber Yard

Thank you to the entire Caye Caulker Community for assisting and uniting in times of need.

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Re: Help Caye Caulker fire victims rebuild their homes [Re: Marty] #552247
08/24/21 04:40 AM
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The United Women's group is seeking donations to assist the fire victims of Caye Caulker

6 of the victims are children ages
9-Month-old girl
2 Boys
4 years
boy 6 years
boy 9 years
boy of 11 years

Donations Can include:

Cash Donations
Construction materials
toiletries
groceries
clothing items
household Items
school supplies

For more information on how to donate you can contact Celina Jimenez 607-1440

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