Watch: Sint Maarten Continues to Make Big Strides to Rebuild After Irma – #RebuildSXM

Progress continues around the island of Sint Maarten as the rebuild moves along. There’s been a lot happening each and every day. The assistance the Dutch government has given to Sint Maarten has been phenomenal and is really becoming a case-study for how to support a country after a natural disaster.

Following are just a few examples of some of the projects happening around the island as work continues.


The Dutch have provided Sint Maarten with telecommunications towers and antennas to help get the island’s communications network back up and running. In this video, Ryan Wijngaarde, from Public Relations Bureau Telecommunications, talks about the equipment and how it will be used.

Ivy Lambert, UTS Marketing and Communications Officer, shares what UTS has been doing to get service restored to the island. UTS has been able to get coverage back up to 80% of their customers so far.

Reconstruction of the island

Christopher Emmanuel, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure talks about the large equipment sent to Sint Maarten by the Dutch Government to help rebuild the island.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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