Dice Medical Mission

Rebuild Dominica is proud to share another CBN4 News episode of ‘Strong & Healthy’ featuring our Director of Medical Operations (on-Island): Dr. Sam Christian.

The feature was filmed at Delice Medical Mission in Dominica. Dr. Sam Christian ccontinues to provide free medical screening tests to promote good habits for maintaining health in adults.

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This episode was sponsored by GardenofGraceMinistries.org of Clearwater Florida: pastored by Rev. Norma Fontaine Philbert.

A Bio Note on Dr. McDonald Benjamin: A Family Legacy of Service

Dr. McDonald Benjamin, was born at Coulisbistrie, Dominica on March 5, 1924. He died on October 23, 1989 in Washington, D.C.

He was the first born West Indian to take a PhD in Food Technology at the University of California Los Angeles, after first having graduated from the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad . He was the Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)/World Bank Program and ended his career at the World Bank as the Asia Division Director for Project Management Development of the International Fund for Project Development in Rome.

He authored the well-respected agriculture project development handbook titled “Investment Projects in Agriculture” — in Longman, London (1981). At his passing, Dr. Benjamin was Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States from 1986 to 1989.

His German-born wife, Hannelore “Angela” Benjamin, was later Dominica’s ambassador to the FAO. It is of note that Ambassador Hannelore Benjamin saw Adolph Hitler when Hitler visited her school. She was hit in the face for not giving the “Heil Hitler” salute quickly enough. Her father Ewald Sichmann was a supporter of Colonel Von Stauffenberg’s anti-Hitler plot Operation Valkyrie ( see – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Valkyrie) and barely escaped with his life. He was banished to the deepest part of the Dortmund area coal mines for six months and returned home after the war: blinded by his experience for several months.

Ambassador Benjamin’s son, World Bank economist Dr. Mcdonald Benjamin Jr. , was educated at Oxford University and Georgetown University. In recent years Dr. Benjamin Jr. has been the World Bank representative for Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. The Benjamin family has made enormous contributions to the Caribbean region, having distinguished themselves in the cause of economic development. Dr. Benjamin’s daughter Alessandra is a graduate of the University of Miami and has been an actress in Los Angeles.

Alessandra, Dr. McDonald Benjamin Jr. and their mother, Angela, are thanked here for being volunteers for, and supporters of, Rebuild Dominica (www.rebuilddominica.org) following the Hurricane Maria disaster. We commend them for their example and commitment to humanitarian and development service.

From the desk of Gabriel J. Christian, Esq. – President at Rebuild Dominica Inc.

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Portsmouth Community Watch Association Christmas Party

Rebuild Dominica is pleased to share some holiday cheer. Many thanks to  Jean-Marie Rayapen for providing a wonderful glimpse into the recent Christmas Party hosted by Portsmouth Community Watch Association with the leadership of former Mayor of Portsmouth Adenauer “Washway” Douglas.

The Christmas Party benefited the children of Portsmouth on our beautiful Nature Isle. It was hosted by the Portsmouth Community Watch Association in collaboration with our dear allies from the neighboring island of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

We invite you to view the full photo album online via the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsays-photography/sets/72157690547244334.

New Volunteers from the U.S. Dept. of Interior Bureau  of Land Management

Rebuild Dominica Inc. is pleased to announce two new  volunteers: husband and wife team, Corey and Chantel Grant of the US Dept. of Interior Bureau  of Land Management. They have agreed  to aid Rebuild Dominica in launching a Youth Conservation Corps on Dominica.

The Youth Conservation Corps will be dedicated to soil conservation, river course and marine environment preservation and management, alongside nature trail maintenance and reforestation. All those areas of the national territory in Dominica are in acute need of attention following the deadly floods during Hurricane Maria, which caused great destruction of Dominica’s tree cover in addition to massive soil erosion.

Rebuild Dominica is eternally grateful to those Dominicans and those of other nations who have rallied to aid our island and other sister Caribbean nations greatly in need of disaster following the most awful hurricane season of 2017.

The proposed Youth Conservation Corps will be a non-government/private sector youth  community development entity supported by private sector initiatives at home and abroad. Rebuild Dominica intends to partner with the Government of Dominica’s Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Agriculture wherever and whenever  possible.

Some of the proponents of the Youth Conservation Corps, such as Major Francis Richards, have had experience in the Dominica Cadet Corps program, which started on Dominica in 1910.  For more details, visit http://www.dominicacadets.org.

IsraAID HQ: “A New Roof For Bibi And Albert”

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Rebuild Dominica is proud to share the following update from IsraAID:

Ms. Bibi has been living in the church shelter in San Sauveur since Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island of Dominica. Her husband, Mr. Albert, suffered a stroke a few years ago. They lost the roof to their house during the storm, and the continuous rain that followed damaged even the few belongings she was able to save. Ms. Bibi is helping out at the shelter, cooking for the residents, while taking care of Mr. Albert. She remarks; “I’m glad that I at least have my life. The rest doesn’t really matter.”

IsraAID’s Emergency Response team in Dominica, together with the San Sauveur community volunteers, helped rebuild Ms. Bibi and Mr. Albert’s house. After distributing tarpaulin across the villages in south-east Dominica, IsraAID’s team identified the most vulnerable, who were unable to rebuild their houses on their own. Then, together, in a joint communal effort, they helped put the roof back over their heads.

Tonight Ms. Bibi and Mr. Albert will once again, sleep in their home. Tomorrow, our team moves on to help the next family re-construct their home.

About IsraAID:

IsraAID, founded in 2001, is a NON-PROFIT, NON-GOVERNMENTAL and APOLITICAL organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. For over a decade, our teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century.

Founded in 2015 in the wake of the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Erika, we are now organising relief from the direct hit by category five Hurricane Maria: the worst natural disaster in our nation's history.