Local Charity Worries About People It Helps In Turks & CaicosPosted: Updated:
Heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Irma pound Providenciales, the most populated island in the Turks and Caicos. That's where a north country organization called the 1 World Foundation helps people with disabilities.
"Sometimes they need a physical therapist or an occupational therapist, whatever it might be," said Joe Rich, founder of 1 World Foundation.
Rich is tracking Irma as it rips through the Caribbean. While no north country volunteers are there now, Rich says he's worried about the native islanders 1 World works with.
He says he last spoke with people in the Turks and Caicos the day before Irma hit.
"They were so nervous and frightened by what was coming their way. They had never experienced a hurricane of this size before," said Rich.
1 World's president says Irma's damage will likely delay a November trip by foundation doctors to the islands.
"But there is somebody supposed to come up here in October, their special needs administrator, to spend some time in our school district, as well as school districts up in the St. Lawrence County region," said SOT Howie Ganter, president of 1 World Foundation.
Rich says he's also worried about outer islands lacking infrastructure.
"Can the people get out of their homes and get to where we're providing services? Can we get to the different islands," he said.
1 World is already looking into how it can use its funds to help the Turks and Caicos recover from Irma.