Texas Southern University lends a helping hand to those affected by Hurricane Dorian

Za’Niya Miles
Contributing Writer

Texas Southern University has created the Bahamas Hurricane Student Fund to aid those who have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas for nearly two days; torrential winds and rain whipped up 12 to 18 foot storm surges, as reported by the National Hurricane Center.

The category 5 hurricane, which battered the Aboca Islands and Grand Bahamas and September 1, displaced more than 70 thousand people, according to the American Red Cross.

TSU has several students who are from the Bahamas attending the university.

TSU student Sheena Cadet, has a family that is currently on the Abaco Islands. Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands with 185mph winds for over 24 hours.

Cadet is thankful that TSU has created this fund.

“It has been very stressful trying to manage things from here and being able to help. It warms my heart that TSU is helping the Bahamian students during this hard time,” she said.

Cadet said there is a great humanitarian need in her homeland.

“The Bahamas carries strong minded people and can use a helping hand to bounce back from this,” said Cadet.

The Vice President of Advancement and Development, Jeff Shaw, said money donated to the fund will assist students with tuition, books, or emergency funds. “People can donate at giving.tsu.edu/Bahamas,” said Shaw. “ We are asking people to give whatever they can in whatever amount they can donate to our students.”

Cadet is encouraging people to help if they can.

“I’m feeling blessed to have my family be okay, and we’re just taking it day by day,” Cadet said