Abaco Neem Receives Significant Donation from Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
May 4, 2022 - 1:30:22 PM

Abaco Neem hosted Rotary 7020 District Governor (DG) Louis Wever and spouse First Lady Amanda, including Rotary Bahamas Assistant Governor and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Abaco to tour the Neem Farm. A Rotary sign was officially placed on the ABI 500 gallon water trailer that was part of the Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief program. A Bobcat Utility vehicle was also gifted to the Farm. In the photo from left to right are Rotary Club of Abaco members and other Rotarians: Rotarian Caroline Young-Forbes, Nick Miaoulis, CEO Abaco Neem, First Lady Amanda, DG 7020 Louis Wever, Daphne de Gregory-Miaoulis, COO, Abaco Neem, PP Desmond Bootle (back), President Valerie Dean, AG Ken Strachan, PP Dwayne Wallas and PP Charles Carey. Photo: Abaco Neem.

Abaco, Bahamas – When District 7020 Governor (DG) Louis Wever and his spouse First Lady Amanda who are from St. Maarten visited The Bahamas, in February 2022, Abaco was on their schedule. They were hosted to a tour and lunch at the Abaco Neem Farm and to conclude some delayed Rotary business.

DG and the First Lady formally installed a sign to mark the celebration of a gift, made possible by Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief two years ago; the pandemic had prevented the formal installation.

The donation of a Bobcat utility vehicle and an ABI 500-gallon water wagon was significant for Abaco Neem in aiding with their farm’s recovery program after the island was hit by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. The intention was for the equipment to also be used for wildfire prevention. Thankfully, a neighboring farm owned by Rotarian Pastor Carey was saved when the donated water trailer was used to extinguish a wildfire at his premises.

Over 2,000 trees of a variety of Neem, citrus and native were lost or damaged on Abaco Neem’s 120-acre property when Hurricane Dorian hit the island in September 2019. The recovery management program is ongoing.

“We are very grateful to Rotary for the farm equipment and have replaced approximately 180 fruit-bearing trees which will contribute to local food security,” said Nick Miaoulis. “Everyone talks about growing cash crops but not enough emphasis is put on locally grown fruit bearing trees which form a very important part of the local diet.”

Other Rotarians who attended the lunch and tour were Rotary Bahamas Assistant Governor Ken Strachan, and members of the Rotary Club of Abaco. The farm fresh lunch was topped off with fresh coconut water and Neem tea.

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