SXM Strong was created on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, with a simple vision: Support the entire community of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, and disseminate information, following the catastrophic events of Hurricane Irma.
Since those first few days after the hurricane, SXM Strong has worked tirelessly to support the community of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. Below you will find links to organizations we support, and whom we are partnering with to help provide aid and assistance to the island. We have been very diligent in selecting organizations to give our support to in an effort to ensure the highest level of integrity and organization so that resources will be directed to those most in need on the island. While we do support these organizations, we do not represent them and therefore cannot offer any assurances related to the performance of their stated missions.
If you’d prefer to show your support for the island through SXM Strong, you can click here to donate and/or purchase an SXM Strong t-shirt. Just click on the ‘Buy/Donate’ button and it will bring you to a page where you can choose to buy a t-shirt for only $22 and wear your support for SXM on your chest. You can also choose to just donate if you don’t want a t-shirt. Or you can do both, donate and get a shirt.
In addition, we are now offering the special edition ‘Discover Irma’ photography book.
The images illustrating this special edition were captured in the hours and days following the passage of Irma by photographers who live in Saint Martin / Sint Maarten. They all wanted to document for posterity the extreme violence of the storm in order to leave a lasting record of this important and unique event. Each of these apocalyptic images expresses the particular sensitivity of the photographer who took it and frequently, ironically, a strange “beauty”.
All of the proceeds raised will go directly to local charities and relief efforts on the island. And it’s a cool way to show you support the island too. Currently, we’re on our 5th t-shirt fundraising campaign. To date, we’ve sold over 250 t-shirts and raised over $4,000 that is being used to help support those in need. We’ll be posting updates along the way to show where the funds raised are being spent.
Started by two Sint Maarten locals, All About a Smile is a grassroots organization that seeks to make the island of Sint Maarten a better, happier place. With the help of people from all around the world, they are fundraising for those in need around the Island.
This organization’s goal is to help local communities by making donations of clothing, food, and basic necessities so they can rebuild their lives following hurricane Irma for the long run.
Drae Douglas is a man on a mission to repair 100 roofs. Using his own time and resources — which are scarce — he partners with elderly residents and others in need to help them clean up and rebuild. You can read more about Drae and the work he’s been doing here.
SXM Strong has supported Drae with donations raised through our SXM Strong fundraiser. Any donation you make to SXM Strong will go directly to local causes just like Drae. You can also donate directly to Drae through this GoFundMe page. Any donation he receives helps those in need on St. Martin, most of whom have no other options.
John Sandiford and Cyriel Pfennings-Richardson were both born and raised in Sint Maarten. When Hurricane Irma struck the island they immediately mobilized friends whose loved ones were also struck by Hurricane Irma and decided to centralize their relief and fundraising efforts by starting #rebuildsxm.
Rebuild SXM is non-profit organization determined to provide assistance to the people of Sint Maarten, with 100% of donations going to local projects in support of restoring the daily life of our people. In addition the foundation also connects various initiatives to one another in order to assist the SSS-islands. Initiatives such as the collection of clothing, food, medicine and much more have popped up all over social media. If we centralize our efforts we can achieve more together.
Headed by local property owners, Donny Dicharry and Jon Bobbett, the Saint Martin Lowlands Hurricane Relief Project was initially formed to assist the neediest local families who work in the Terres Basses and Dutch Lowlands regions of the island. These are the people who don’t have the means to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irma themselves and would otherwise have no choice but to abandon the island in order to survive.
We recognize that the level of destruction suffered on St. Martin has created a heavy burden on those who call the island their home. However, we have hope that with the help of many tireless volunteers, as well as with the help of generous donations, the island will revive, flourish, and come back better than it was before. St. Martin is embarking down a very long road towards recovery, and the St. Martin Lowlands Hurricane Relief Project is committed to being there every step of the way.
Because everyone could use a little more reggae music in their lives.
Dread’i is currently based in St Maarten where he has written and created music for the past 17 years. He has performed with many international reggae artists such as: Culture, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaac, Third World, Burning Spear, Shaggy, Tanya Stevens and many more. His musical idols are the great Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer.
If you get a chance, check out his website, take in some of his lovely reggae jams, and help support a local artist by buying his music. It will bring you closer to Jah, I promise.
Note: Please, do not donate to disreputable and unknown organizations, or any new Go Fund Me pages or private fundraisers without doing your research.