Community resilience, along with environmental and economic resilience, is critical for sustainability.
The Barbuda Ocean Club is committed to supporting efforts by the Barbuda Council and the local residents to rebuild critical infrastructure and restore services to positively impact the daily lives of Barbuda citizens.
Among these priorities are:
Our long-term goal is for the electricity provided by the property's solar field to be made available to the larger local community, reducing the overall dependence upon fossil fuels. While the property will rely on diesel generators in the near term, Barbuda Ocean Club currently is exploring all renewable energy options to ensure the development on Barbuda is eventually pollution free. A solar field will be installed on island following initial development to provide a renewable energy source. Barbuda Ocean Club will continually investigate new technologies and ways to create the most environmentally responsible development in the world.
Securing a reliable supply of clean water is a major concern for all of Barbuda. To provide water in the near term, Barbuda Ocean Club will use low-impact development designs to capture and store as much rainfall as possible. We are already exploring long term solutions including opportunities for construction and operation of a R.O. plant with storage capacity large enough to supply the broader local community. Strict environmental protocols will be followed to safely manage brine disposal.
Waste Water Treatment
Barbuda Ocean Club is developing a robust, centralized system for dealing with sewage and solid waste. In keeping with our philosophy to share our knowledge and resources with the community, we intend to make the waste water treatment plant available to the local community, to all who wish to connect. Doing so gradually will help reduce ground water contamination throughout the area.
Health Care and Medical Security
The hospital in Barbuda was significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma leaving residents and visitors vulnerable. Our team visited the damaged hospital and health care areas and discussed the needs with medical staff. Our team was inspired by the commitment and efforts of the medical team who are working under extremely challenging conditions. Based on our meetings, and to assist with improving local medical facilities, Barbuda Ocean Club purchased a Clinic-in-a-Can for the community. This facility is expected to be delivered August 2018. The clinic will provide treatment facilities and equipment, enabling medical professionals to efficiently and effectively treat a wide range of patients while the hospital facilities are being rebuilt. Additionally, Barbuda Ocean Club is working to secure a facility to provide nurses quarters on the island, eliminating the need for these critical medical professionals to travel from Antigua. Both efforts will be coordinated with the Barbuda Council and the Ministry of Health and Environment.
Part of the Barbuda Ocean Club commitment to the island will be to provide funds and support for the rebuilding of the local hospital. Barbuda Ocean Club will work closely with the Barbuda Council and Government of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the local community to ensure this hospital meets critical local needs. The hospital was flooded during hurricane Irma and we hope to assist in supporting the new building to codes and elevations that are resilient against future flooding and storms, and the construction of a new permanent hospital.
Barbuda Ocean Club is committed to assisting the local community by enhancing the educational opportunities for its students. In late 2018, the club provided 400 backpacks, each filled with necessary school supplies, and 400 reusable water bottles to students in the Barbuda school system. Barbuda Ocean Club intends to continue and expand this type of material support as the community grows. Long term, our goal is to help the Barbudan community establish a world-class school on the island that stands out as one of the best in the Caribbean.