MSC have just dedicated a new, 4,000 square foot building that will serve as a school in hurricane-stricken Caribbean island, Virgin Gorda.
After all 15 schools were destroyed in the British Virgin Islands, this new pre-fabricated building will allow children to focus on the future and continue their education.
This donation, with the help of the government of the British Virgin Island, is just one of many ways the family-owned cruise line is working to help support the Caribbean and its people after the devastation.
Richard Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA, stated: “It is our responsibility as a family-owned company in the seafaring business for more than 300 years, to come to the aid of our family, friends, and neighbors in dire times.
This donation is one of many ways we are working to set the industry standard to help those who need it most and we’re proud to utilize our global resources to assist as the Caribbean works to recover and rebuild.”
So far, MSC Cruises has tapped their global network of partners to ship food, medical supplies, building goods, and more to the islands of Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Dominica, and the British Virgin Islands.
Another example is the emergency lighting they provided to the people who needed it most in Puerto Rico, after the power outages across many islands.
While most cruise ports in the region are now open for business again following the hurricanes, MSC continues to work with their partners to assist in restoring these islands back to their full capacity.
Royal Caribbean also just released details and numbers of the line’s relief effort:
The hurricane aftermath meant that most cruise lines had to re-schedule, alter or even cancel itineraries in the region altogether with some Caribbean ports still remaining closed for the near future. Below is a guide of which areas suffered different levels of damage:
What do you think to the news? Are you glad to hear the news that MSC and other cruise lines are still making a huge effort to lend a helping hand to islands still in recovery? Leave us your comments…
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