Caribbean Diaspora Skills Directory CIC

Overwhelming Support

The overwhelming support from the Diaspora to the Caribbean region in education, health, community and charitable support, youth and sports and economic development, to name a few, is quite substantial. Overall, the Caribbean Diaspora alone accounts for a significant percentage of the GDP of many Caribbean islands.


The Caribbean Diaspora Skills Directory CIC (Community Interest Company) was set up to coordinate a project to harness the professional skills of the Caribbean Diaspora to provide support, contacts and networks as a resource for the Caribbean. Phase one of the project is aimed at preparing a directory to serve as a valuable database in times of natural disaster.

The project grew from discussions at a 2016 conference on ‘Caribbean 2030’, sponsored by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Wilton Park, an Executive Agency of FCO, the UK-based Caribbean Council and the Jamaica National Foundation. Some of the participants met regularly in the subsequent year to fine tune the idea of a professional skills base which would serve the Caribbean, its Diaspora and organisations interested in the Caribbean.

The Team

Debbie Ransome

Bertram Leon

Director at the Caribbean Diaspora Skills Directory CIC

Director at the Caribbean Diaspora Skills Directory CIC

The Caribbean Diaspora Skills Directory CIC (Community Interest Company) harnessing the professional skills of the Caribbean Diaspora to provide support, contacts and networks as a resource for the Caribbean

Explore Your World!


Last year’s hurricane season was the costliest on record, with over $280bn in damage. The UK responded to both hurricanes Irma and Maria, deploying over 2,000 personnel, and delivering 109 tonnes of aid.

Islands submits request support


Volunteers connect with the Caribbean


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Charities and individuals alike regularly rally around communities that are impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters.


Can you help?

Join the Community

The Caribbean skills bank relies upon the skills,talents and contributions of volunteers to generate engagement around hurricane relief efforts.

There is a great amount of possibilities to help with some of these problems cased by hurricanes , but the most hands-on and active way is to volunteer in the Caribbean for one of the many projects on site.
We are here to guide you through a safe and easy application process

Disaster Response Volunteers

One of the most unpredictable, and many times the most devastating, things to happen to a country is a natural disaster.

Regardless of a country’s economic or political standing, natural disasters can wreak havoc on a population, causing an infinitely long recovery process.

Skills Required

  • Emergency responders with access to rescue boats, generators and medical supplies to aid in search-and-rescue operations
  • Disaster relief volunteers – already worked with charities, aid organisations and disaster at home and abroad
  • Hospitality industry personnel– cancellations, re-allocating people, dealing with stranded people, co-ordination
  • Airline personnel
  • Disaster waste recovery – gathering/ supporting damaged infrastructure
  • Restoration specialists
  • Self-storage unit owners – space to store people’s stuff until they get back on their feet
  • Tree removal experts
  • Auto mechanics
  • Hardware store and grocery suppliers
  • Urban planning after recovery
  • Architects/ structural engineers
What are the conditions?

That next most dangerous impact of a hurricane will be rain and wind

Effects of Rain

Hurricanes are fuelled by such warm waters, they hold more moisture than storms driven by cooler air currents. When they hit land, they stall, dumping large amounts of rain on coastal regions.


Strong winds and tornadoes that spin off hurricanes account for about 10% of storm’s fatalities. Strong winds play a driving force in shaping how strong a hurricane will be when it forms.
In a recent study it was found that most wind deaths were a result of flying debris or falling objects.