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Helping Flamboyan’s Haitian Community

The housekeeping, groundskeeping, maintenance, and office staff at Flamboyan on the Bay

Written by Coconut Post

Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

September, 2021

On any given beautiful day in the territory, it’s easy to feel far removed from the natural disasters happening in other parts of the world.

the donation box for haitian relief from earthquake

Above: At the Flamboyan reception desk, donations are being accepted to benefit Haitian employees and their family members.  

Top of the page: Last year, the Flamboyan Resort office staff, groundskeepers, and housekeepers posed together for a website photoshoot. Many have been part of our team for more than a decade.

But for the many Haitian-born employees of Flamboyan Resort, devastating news from their homeland has recently hit hard.

Just last month, on August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused the death of 2,200 residents in Haiti. In addition, 12,000 people were injured — with more than 100,000 homes destroyed.

Some hotel guests may not be aware that, in essence, all Flamboyan resort’s groundskeepers and housekeepers are from Haiti. Many have family members and/ or extended family and friends in or near the affected area of the earthquake. 

Several of these dedicated hard workers have been with us for more than a decade. Because we consider this loyal team part of our own extended family, we are reaching out to help. If you would like to join in our effort, monetary contributions are being accepted at the resort’s reception desk.

Look for the display on the front counter. Remember, no contribution is too small. It all adds up to help relieve the burden.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful support.

a round photo of a half of a coconut wearing teal sunglasses on a bright yellow background

COCO BITS

A BIT ABOUT THE GOOD SAMARITAN FOUNDATION OF HAITI 

A non-profit organization based in Frederiksted, St. Croix, the foundation was created in 2007 to open a free school in Haiti. In 2014, Caribbean artist Mandy Thody — who had worked with organizations throughout Haiti before and after the earthquake — became Administrative Director. By 2017, after running two schools serving more than 500 students and supplying meals through island-based sustainable agricultural programs, the foundation’s vision expanded “…to provide Haitian children with the skills and opportunities they need to live healthy, productive lives in their own communities.” Today, GSF is one of the most respected development groups working in Haiti. For information, visit goodsamaritanofhaiti.com.

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