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Volunteers from Sarasota working to bring hope to long recovery process in Bahamas

Posted at 7:50 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 03:37:18-04

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Getting relief to the Bahamas has been no easy task. A month after Hurricane Dorian, the need is still very real and volunteers are doing their best to bring hope to the devastation.

As soon as the runways cleared, Venice based Agape Flights started delivering relief supplies to the Bahamas.

The devastation is horrendous. Making recovery difficult especially in areas like Marsh Harbour where virtually everything is destroyed.

"There’s a lot of work to be done," said Allen Speer, CEO of Agape Flights.

The cleanup process is slow in both Marsh Harbour and Freeport. The only way to get in to help is by boat or plane.

But despite the challenges, there is hope.

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"There’s going to be rebuilding and right now we’re happy to say there are six churches that are now under roof in Marsh Harbour," said Speer.

That's thanks to teams on the ground who Agape Flights is working to deliver supplies to.

"We're here to serve," said Emily Fleming, a volunteer from Crisis Response International.

Fleming knows something about devastation. Last year, while doing crisis response to Hurricane Michael, she arrived back to her home in Paradise, California to find it burned to the ground during the Camp Fire.

"It's heartbreaking, you’re still working through it 10 months later. I still find myself here working through it because you’re watching other people work through it," said Fleming.

Her experience in losing everything has given her the strength to help others in the same situation.

"I’m not here for any other reason than to bring them hope," said Fleming.