To nurture and implement community development efforts focused on sustainability and resiliency in Bahamian communities through enhanced collaboration with local, national, and global nonprofits, corporations, foundations, and individuals.
Lend A Hand Bahamas (LAHB) was officially formed in 2014 to address the growing need for more community development "Over-the-Hill" in Nassau, Bahamas. From 2014-2018, the organization focused on fundraising and program planning for its first Community Center in Grant's Town located in Nassau. The organization ran educational programs in the community and in other communities during this time while building good partnerships.
In 2017, LAHB strategically merged with a local group called Lignum Vitae 4-H, which was founded by Shelagh Pritchard and thirteen founding members in 2008. This organization has conducted multiple programs throughout Nassau.
On October 20, 2018, The Neville and Nora Dorsett Community Center was officially opened near downtown Nassau in the community of Grant's Town. Since then, the organization has influenced the lives of thousands of children and their families in the community. In addition, LAHB was active in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in Grand Bahama, Abaco, and especially in supporting evacuees that were relocated to Nassau.
In March 2020, Lend a Hand Bahamas once again rose to the aid of those affected by COVID-19 and launched large-scale food relief programs in downtown Nassau communities and in the communities of Adelaide, Mt. Pleasant, and Gambier. The efforts fed tens of thousands of vulnerable people on a weekly basis until October 2021.
In 2021, Lend a Hand Bahamas began planning and fundraising to build a larger second Community Center "Over-the-Hill" in Nassau. The Center is planned to be constructed in 2023.
In 2022, Lend a Hand Bahamas continued its programming for youth, adults, and seniors while also expanding special projects with a focus on food security, women's health, literacy, and clean water. The organization recently formed a partnership with Baha Mar to begin a containerized hydroponic farm on Baha Mar's property that will serve as a workforce development program and further aid in the fight against food insecurity.