University of Maryland at Eastern Shore: Food Preservation Program

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The food preservation program was held at the Dominica Grammar School in May 2016 by food scientists from the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore; Dr. Patel and Dr. Nando.

The Dominica Grammar School (DGS) is a public co-education secondary school in Roseau, Dominica, which was established in 1893. It is one of the oldest educational institutions on the island and no longer functions as a traditional grammar school. It has expanded its curriculum beyond its historical scope.

The scientists taught Dominican farmers and entrepreneurs food preservation technology focusing on mango preserves.

Dr. Patel, featured in the above video, can be seen teaching the food processing class in The Commonwealth of Dominica to the attendees at the Dominica Grammar School.

Their program was part of the memorandum of understanding with the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore and Dominica facilitated by Rebuild Dominica, Inc. in collaboration with the Dominica State College, the Caribbean Agricultural Network and the local Global Environment Fund.

Above is an interview feature of one of the attendees during the program, Dylan Williams.

 Remembering the Victims of Tropical Storm Erika

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 Remembering the Victims of Tropical Storm Erika

Rebuild Dominica Inc. Continues to Highlight Reconstruction Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2016) – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods which wreaked havoc on the beautiful Nature Island of the Caribbean. We remember the many lives lost during Tropical Storm Erika and look ahead in order to pay respects to their memory. What better way to celebrate the Dominicans who lost their lives than to stand together in solidarity. Rebuild Dominica, Inc. forges ahead in the nonprofit’s support of reconstruction on The Commonwealth of Dominica.

One such advancement is the partnership with the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore (UMES) which will offer a $5,000 USD scholarship to Caribbean islanders and International students who register as students of UMES. The grant will assist with out-of-state tuition fees. An additional partnership between Dominica State College and UMES was also formed this year. Rebuild Dominica, Inc. similarly encourages UMES to aid Dominica’s agricultural processing competence on-island. Two Food Technology professors from UMES visited Dominica in May to teach an agro-processing seminar on food preservation (May 18 – 20). This partnership will be shared with other Caribbean nations to continue the spirit of community exhibited during TS Erika relief.

Furthermore, Rebuild Dominica, Inc. continues its fundraising campaign to provide much-needed uniforms and gear for the Cadet Corps units in Dominica. A donation of recycled military uniforms was received by Dominican-born and retired U.S. military veteran, Dorival Drigo. The donation will be shipped in the coming month via Caribbean Cargo DC; a long-time sponsor of the organization. The shipment will be the first of many supplies to benefit the Dominica Cadet Corps whose spirit of courage reflect the spirit of its people.

A more recent development is the newly formed Dominican Association for the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area which launched on June 6th 2016. Their mission is to create a forum/social club where all Dominicans located in in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area may join to uplift and support the development of their homeland through educational, cultural, and charitable initiatives. The association’s first meeting will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland on Saturday, September 17th 2016.

“Folks, we are on our way. Let us persevere in the path of victory!” proclaimed Gabriel Christian during Rebuild Dominica, Inc.’s board meeting a few days prior to the eve of anniversary of TS Erika. The path that is true and faithful will not be easy. As The Commonwealth of Dominica continues reconstruction efforts, members of the Diaspora and supporters of The Commonwealth of Dominica are invited to share information and resources by visiting http://www.RebuildDominica.org.

About Rebuild Dominica, Inc.

Rebuild Dominica, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to raise and distribute funds, expertise and material resources in support of the recovery and reconstruction efforts of communities on The Commonwealth of Dominica that were impacted by floods from TS Erika.

Rebuild Dominica, Inc. aims to make a sustainable, long term impact, and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of communities around Dominica. The organization is inspired by the spirit of volunteerism, team work and cooperative self-help. Dominica has a long heritage of working together for the common good. In Dominica’s French creole language, those values of community self-help have a name; it is called: Koudmen. Rebuild Dominica serves to personify this spirit of Koudmen.

Please Support a Taste Of Dominica!

On June 11, 2016, “Taste of Dominica” will provide an atmosphere of togetherness where attendees can mix and mingle while supporting a great cause! This event is a fundraiser hosted by Rainbow Family Christian Center to encourage continued disaster relief for The Commonwealth of Dominica. Proceeds will benefit Dominica’s school-aged children.

Admission is $20 and the event will be held from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST) at 2120-A Industrial Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Event flyer is below. Please share and the Rebuild Dominica Team looks forward to seeing you there!

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Please visit http://2016continueddisasterrelief.crowdsterapp.com/ for more details on this fundraiser.

Interview Feature: The Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica (Part I)

Watch the first night of Rebuild Dominica’s Solidarity Weekend with Gordon Henderson and Others!

The above footage shares the reception interview during The Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica, which was a successful weekend lineup presented by Rebuild Dominica Inc in November 2015.

The guest of honor was Gordon Henderson, who is a Dominican-born and award-winning musician based in Paris (France). Henderson performs and is known worldwide as the Godfather of Cadense-Lypso music. Gordon Henderson arrived in Washington DC for the weekend series that included the Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH). His arrival was sponsored by the Law Offices of Gabriel Christian and OmniSystems LLC.

The discussion was lead by Rebuild Dominica leaders and hosted by Dominica’s celebrity reporter and media personality, Tarnia Green. Gordon Henderson gave a splendid exposition of the history of Cadance-Lypso.

Also interviewed were key members and resource persons at Rebuild Dominica. These included Chairman Gabriel Christian, Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) Director, Errol Emmanuel, with Rebuild Dominica Logistics Director and CAN CEO Francis Richards. Also interviewed was Rebuild Dominica publicist, LaDàna Drigo, with her daughter, Ta’Tyani Young (a young Rebuild Dominica volunteer). Haitian artist, Jean Claude Vivens, and surveyor, Fitzroy Bertrand, were also featured. Other attendees included Rebuild Dominica members Timothy Dover, Sammy Garraway, Michael Davis, Anelia Bertrand and Whinny Lewis.