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Saint Vincent Volcano Disaster Relief

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel.

From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.   

Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting.

Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

FROM GO FUND ME: Saint Vincent Volcano Disaster Relief

The La Soufrière volcano in the small Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines erupted on April 9th 2021 for the first time in 42 years.

This natural disaster has displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes and has uprooted families as they have been forced to leave everything behind and flee St. Vincent and the Grenadines with just a back pack to seek refuge in neighboring countries like Barbados, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda and Saint Lucia. Many were already impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UWI Seismic Unit said the eruption is ongoing and it is a culmination of the seismic activity that began on April 8th. Plumes up to 20,000 ft are headed east.

“I am heartbroken about what is happening right now in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Felicia J. Persaud, the founder and CEO Of Invest Caribbean, the US-based global private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. “My associate Danielle Corbin, from The Ritzury Group, with boots on the ground in Barbados, and I, are 1000% committed to helping the country and its people get relief from the modern day Pompeii that is occurring right now in our US backyard. We invite everyone to partner with us by supporting the Saint Vincent Volcano Disaster Relief on GoFundMe to support the thousands of lives that have been devastated and displaced. The daily eruption has left the entire northern third of the island completely desolate, decimating the lives of thousands, including houses, agriculture and livestock. Your support, no matter how big or small, will assist us in getting critical supplies on the ground this week and into the hands of people who need them the most.”

Evacuations continue by land and sea, and explosive eruptions are likely to continue over the coming days – weeks.

Invest Caribbean  – the global private sector investment agency of the Caribbean, along with its partner, The Ritzury Group in Barbados, are pitching into action to help financially support the many Vincentian families, students and children who have been displaced and are now in need of urgent financial support in the islands they have fled.

Invest Caribbean, the the global private sector investment agency of the Caribbean. The company is US-based company founded by Caribbean immigrant, journalist, entrepreneur and advocate in 2011 and its focus is on empowerment of Caribbean people.

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The proceeds  of this disaster relief fundraiser will go towards:

1. Financial support for Vincentians forced to leave their country for 3 months post disaster.

2. Financial support for households in neighboring countries who have opened their homes to displaced Vincentians.

3: Financial support for on the ground organizations helping to supply urgently needed items for the survival of the evacuees.

Funds are needed immediately to assist with urgent needs.

Please help us to help now!

Short Term Relief: In the form of immediate necessities- food, water, non-perishables including canned goods and juice, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, soap, deodorant, shampoos, sleeping mats, blankets, feminine hygiene products, masks, water tanks, portable potties, field tents, field kitchen, respirator masks with filters, goggles, reflective vests, hygiene kits, baby diapers, hand sanitizers, manual can openers, buckets, masks, mosquito repellent, first-aid kits, and antibiotic ointments.

Medium Term Relief: Housing, relocation, clean up efforts, humanitarian aid.

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Long Term Relief: Financial aid for affected persons who have fled to neighboring countries, financial aid for families still in SVG, care of elderly, care of students and access to continued education. The goal is to help financially support the long-term needs of many Vincentian families, students and children who will be displaced for months to come.

ICN + Ritzury will provide full transparency in all monies raised, including video documentation of donations. Operational costs will be the only monies deducted from any raise to cover shipping and any other needed logistical support of our partners in this effort.

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BBC: St Vincent volcano: Eruptions likely in coming days, experts warn

INFORMATION : University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre

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