WHO WE ARE
We are a group of private individuals who own homes in the St. Martin Lowlands. As the hurricane hit, those of us off-island watched the devastating news in horror. Much more than our own homes, we were deeply concerned for our island friends and colleagues who were living in its midst. The economic heart of this tourism-driven island has been dealt a severe blow. Hurricane Irma’s wrath swept across St. Martin/St. Maarten destroying the livelihoods of so many closest to us villa owners: the staff, associates, and others who keep St. Martin's tourism thriving.
ABOUT the team
R. D. (Donny) Dicharry, President
R.D. “Donny” Dicharry is president and owner of Source Production and Equipment Co., Inc. (SPEC) which manufactures industrial radiography equipment. Donny and his wife Becky have chaired various church ministries for the past 18 years. Becky is also an active Hospice volunteer.
Donny and Becky live in the United States just outside of New Orleans in Slidell, Louisiana. They experienced firsthand the devastation of Hurricane Katrina as it ravaged their own home. After a year of rebuilding they traveled to St. Martin for relaxation and were immediately captivated by the beauty of the island - even more so by its people. They purchased a villa in the Terres Basses (“Lowlands”) and often visited the island with family and friends. They forged many friendships with local residents, especially the villa workers who became part of the extended Dicharry family.
When Hurricane Irma swept mercilessly through the island Donny and Becky knew from personal experience that no news footage could capture the fear, despair, and trauma of their friends emerging from the wreckage.
Although their own villa was destroyed, Donny and Becky pledged to help those who were decimated by the storm or made homeless. He and villa owners, Pat Cantor and Jon Bobbett, created the St. Martin Lowlands Hurricane Relief Project (SXM Project).
SXM Project would not exist if it weren’t for the compassion of Jon Bobbett. While many were still talking about what to do, Jon missed the conversation and was already flying his first plane load of supplies to the island. Meeting the challenge of landing his aircraft at a crippled airport was overshadowed by the appreciation expressed by recipients of the water, food and even diapers that Jon provided in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. One man, overtaken by emotion, fell to his knees with tears in his eyes as he helped unload the supplies…and Jon returned several times more. He is one of the founding members of SXM Project and for his dedication, we proudly grant him status of Director Emeritus. Thank you Jon!