CBN4 News Feature on Rebuild Dominica, Inc.

Rebuild Dominica ready and willing to provide more aid to Dominicans

Dominicans in the diaspora are continuing to show their commitment to the development of our Nature Isle through various avenues.” – CBN4 News (Dominica)

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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.

Rebuild Dominica Partners With The Global Breadfruit Institute

As the journey to reconstruction continues, Rebuild Dominica forms a new partnership with the Global Breadfruit Institute to boost recovery efforts. This partnership follows the donation of advanced breadfruit cultivars from Dr. Julius Garvey, the son of the late great Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who also committed to agricultural reconstruction efforts.

Breadfruit Tissue Culture
Breadfruit Tissue Culture

The Global Breadfruit Institute advised they were aware of Rebuild Dominica’s international campaign to support The Commonwealth of Dominica following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika. To support this campaign, Global Breadfruit was inspired to provide a generous gift of 1,500 breadfruit trees.

The above video provides a glimpse of the breadfruit plants at the Dominica Ministry of Agriculture greenhouse. The video is narrated by Errol Emmanuel, Rebuild Dominica (RD)  member on island and Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Network: a collaborating organization to Rebuild Dominica.

In a statement of support to Rebuild Dominica’s efforts to revive agriculture on-island post Erika, Blair Lampert of Global Breadfruit stated, “This collaboration with Rebuild Dominica is part of a long-term effort, which unites local public and private entities engaged in business, research, agriculture, and welfare that will rely on Rebuild Dominica to proliferate optimal breadfruit varieties island-wide.” A sentiment shared by supporters of Dominica’s recovery.

Dr. Diane Ragone | Global Breadfruit
Dr. Diane Ragone | Global Breadfruit

A previous donation of breadfruit trees by the admirable Dr. Julius Garvey arrived in Dominica in the weeks preceding Tropical Storm Erika. This additional gift from the Global Breadfruit Institute is beneficial in furthering the mission of Rebuild Dominica. To learn more about the initial donation, the following excerpt from the Caribbean Agricultural Network’s (CAN) August 2015 press release is provided below:

According to the CEO of the Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) Major Francis Richards, the cultivars (Ulu-fiti) and (Otea) are the donation of New York based General Surgeon Dr Julius Garvey, the last son of Marcus Garvey.

At the end of the hardening process, the objective of the project is to distribute the plants within the seven (7) agricultural regions on island. Upon arrival the cultivars will be transported to the Ministry of Agriculture’s greenhouse facility at Portsmouth where they will be hardened for three months prior to distribution to local farmers. The advanced cultivar types sent to Dominica are fast bearing and will fruit within 2 to 3 years, compared to the standard 3 to 5 years.

Dr. Garvey is a member of the Caribbean Agricultural Network and has dedicated himself to the development of Caribbean food security, in accordance with the principles of self reliance advocated by his father who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in the early 1900s. Dominica was a major base of support for the UNIA during its early years and Marcus Garvey himself was invited to Dominica in 1929 with the aid of UNIA representative, noted local poet and self rule activist JR Ralph Casimir.

Breadfruit Plants in Potting Medium
Breadfruit Plants in Potting Medium

Read the full press release on the first donation from Dr. Garvey online at http://www.caribbeanagriculturalnetwork.com/2015/08/donation-of-advanced-breadfruit.html

 

This write-up was prepared by the Media Relations Team at Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact LaDàna Drigo at 202.670.6489 or info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

National Carnival Queen Fundraiser

REBUILD DOMINICA LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER IN RESPONSE TO SPONSORSHIP REQUEST FROM A CONTESTANT FOR THE NATIONAL CARNIVAL QUEEN SHOW.

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2016 Contestants

Photo Credit: Dominica News Online

The 2016 National Carnival Queen Show contestants have yet to gain sponsorship based on a recent report by Dominica News Online on Thursday, January 14th, 2016. In response to a request by one of this year’s Carnival Queen contestants, Rebuild Dominica has announced its support in the form of an online fundraiser. As the island works toward post-Tropical Storm Erika recovery, one thing is certain: the spirit of The Nature Isle of the Caribbean will not falter. The National Carnival Queen show is still scheduled for February 5th.

Rebuild Dominica is a non-profit based in the Washington DC metro area urging members of the diaspora and supporters of Dominica’s recovery efforts to donate generously to help meet the goal of $5,500 USD. This goodwill effort paired with the dedication of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) only further demonstrates Dominica’s resilience.

This year’s contestants are Tasia Floissac (22 – Castle Comfort); Abigail Shillingford (19 – Goodwill); Britney Pharoah (22 – Grandbay); Nawana Shillingford (25 – Loubiere); Mernel Christmas (19 – Campbell) and Judy Toussaint (20 – San Sauveur).

The Commonwealth of Dominica’s National Carnival Queen Show provides a glimpse at the talent and beauty of The Nature Isle’s women. It is the highlight of Carnival. Through this fundraiser, Rebuild Dominica seeks to rally supporters of this national event.


WHEN
Donations will be accepted from Monday, January 18, 2016 to Monday, January 25, 2016.

WHERE
Donate online at www.NationalQueenFundraiser.eventbrite.com
or
Mail your financial contribution to the following address:
Rebuild Dominica
3060 Mitchellville Rd, #216
c/o The Law Offices of Gabriel Christian
Bowie, MD 20716 USA

About Rebuild Dominica, Inc:
The Rebuild Dominica is a 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 Tropical Storm 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.

This write-up was prepared by the Media Relations Team at Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact LaDàna Drigo at 202.670.6489 or info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

NGO for Dominica post-Tropical Storm Erika (August 2015).