On September 1st, category 5 storm Hurricane Dorian made direct landfall in the Northwestern Bahamas, completely devastating the Abacos and Freeport. An estimated 70,000 Bahamians are now homeless, and the recovery effort will years.
Hope Jam Charlotte is here to jumpstart that effort! Join us on October 24th for legendary music and a great cause!
The relief organization we've chosen to support is called the Caribbean Youth Network. CYN is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization run by two Charlotte natives, Gabe & Jan Swing, who moved to the Bahamas in 2011 as full-time missionaries. They are also the parents of a member of Hope Jam's planning committee. Gabe & Jan Swing have served in the poorest communities of the Bahamas for 8 years. Their organization worked with underserved youth in the community and facilitated after school programs, summer camps, mentorship programs and much, much more. They also host 12-15 mission trips a year with a focus on construction in the impoverished Haitian community on Marsh Harbour. Gabe & Jan Swing are still in Abaco (ground zero) overseeing relief efforts, finding their displaced friends, getting families out of shelters and delivering help where it is needed most. Hope Jam exists to support this organization and the people it was created serve. Please follow our journey and see how the proceeds from Hope Jam changes lives in the Bahamas.
All proceeds from this concert will go to Caribbean Youth Network, a 501c3 nonprofit with a focus on revitalizing the people of the Abacos and Freeport who lost their homes and livelihoods so that the victims of this catastrophic storm can live with dignity in the challenging months ahead.