The Caribbean Disaster Relief & Recovery Alliance (CDRRA) announced its launch and organizes disaster relief from the chaos following Hurricane Irma.
On Friday September 8, 2017, approximately 100 community leaders joined forces with the support of U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Association at the home of well-known mechanical engineer, carnival organizer and Image Band leader, Loughton Sargeant. The result was the formation of the Caribbean Disaster Relief & Recovery Alliance (CDRRA). CDRRA is an alliance of nonprofits, businesses and professionals dedicated to collaborating and assisting in the execution of disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean.
Guyanese-born community leader and former Sales and Marketing Director of the Washington Post, Royston Desouza of Caribbean Cargo DC leads storage and shipping effort by extending the 30% discount for customers shipping to friends and family in areas most affected by the recent hurricanes.
To learn more, please read the official press release online at: http://www.caribbeancargodc.com/hurricane-irma-survivors-to-receive-support-from-the-caribbean-disaster-relief-alliance-cdra/
An urgent message from Rebuild Dominica, Inc President: Gabriel Christian
“Rebuild Dominica has been in touch with Trinidad & Tobago Ambassador Anthony Phillip Spencer this morning and former Air Guard Commander Tyrone Rodolfo…assets from the T&T Air Guard and Coast Guard are being readied to journey to Dominica ..weather permitting today,. Our allies are responding. The quality of our civil defense is wanting. Trust that we can unite to properly tend to business. Unity of purpose is key. This cannot be a repeat of Erika and the old system of divide and rule. The heavens have spoken and humbled the vanity of man..
We pray that life and limb have been spared on Dominica.
Emergency meeting of Rebuild Dominica at Evangel Assembly church at Camp Springs, MD at 7pm Tuesday 19th September. Our community, local allies, the diplomatic corps and Caribbean Disaster Relief and Recovery Alliance invited.
God guide us with wisdom, unity, faith , grace and an indomitable spirit as we aid our beloved homeland at this time.
May we brace ourselves to our duty!
According to CNN, Hurricane Maria has pounded Dominica with “widespread devastation” as it barrels toward St. Croix and threatens catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico.
Hurling winds of 160 mph (257 kph), Maria shredded the Dominica Prime Minister’s house overnight and left much of the island — population 73,000 — in ruins. “Initial reports are of widespread devastation,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook early Tuesday. “So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is … news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”
A few hours earlier, the Prime Minister posted, “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding.”
Read More:Featured image courtesy of CNN.
Bellevue Chopin Primary School’s principal, Paula Laupen, wrote the following thanking Rebuild Dominica, Inc. for contributions made to her school:
“On behalf of the Bellevue Chopin Primary School, I wish to express … sincere gratitude for Rebuild Dominica’s donation of school supplies. Your gift has already made a huge difference to the quality of teaching and learning at our school since we have put everything to use. The reading books have boosted our library. On Children’s Day, observed here last Friday, the students were presented with some of the donated supplies. In addition, we have used the coloured pencils and crayons to take part in an art competition put together by the Welfare Division under the theme, “Stopping Child Abuse”. I do hope that we can build a continued partnership for the advancement of these under privileged students. Please convey my thanks to the other members of your team.”
The expression on our young Dominican citizens’ faces are priceless. Rebuild Dominica invites other Dominicans living in the diaspora to join our mission in identifying and supporting unmet needs. We are Dominica – both near and far!
Rebuild Dominica offers a special thanks to Dr. Irving Andre for facilitating this donation and for relaying photos along with the letter of gratitude from the school’s Principal.