PRESS RELEASE: INAUGURAL NATURE ISLAND FUTURES CONFERENCE

by Irving “Eipigh” Pascal

 For Immediate Release:

INAUGURAL NATURE ISLAND FUTURES CONFERENCE: An Independence 2018 Activity

  THE FUTURE OF THE NATURE ISLAND CONFERENCE: WHEN SEWO ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH

Roseau, Dominica (October 29, 2018) — Reunions provide people with an opportunity to make new strides from consolidated gains. As the people of Dominica reflect on the past 40 years, from 1978 to 2018, it is clear that we have achieved much. There has been growth in music and other cultural arts, sports and agriculture; generally, the Nature Island citizens have achieved and excelled. Amidst the celebration of the food, music and Creole culture, ‘WE’ presents another dimension – Dominica – 40 Years After, through the ‘Future of the Nature Isle Conference.’

WE’ signifies the unity of purpose behind the initiative. The conference is convened as a collaborative effort and will be held at the Public Service Union Conference Center on Wednesday October 31, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. under the theme: ‘The Big Idea: Nature Island of the World in word and DEED.’

This inaugural ‘Future of the Nature Isle Conference’ will add value to the 2018 reunion activities. ‘WE’ believes that the emphasis on ‘sewo’ during the 2018 reunion celebrations and the absence of intellectual balance/content create a void that the conference will fill. The ‘Big Idea’ of the conference is to reinforce Dominica’s position as the Nature Island of the World.

Dr. Irving ‘Eipigh’ Pascal leads the initiative and is seeking to promote an intellectual assessment of the Nature Island brand. “The Future of the Nature Island Conference provides balance to an otherwise sewo-heavy Independence program. One of the myths of independence is that once it is obtained it becomes a fait accompli – we have nothing more to do as we are the masters of our own destiny in a globalist world.

“This is a non-partisan call for the people of the Dominica at home and abroad to engage in a discussion on where we were in 1978, where we are in 2018 and where we should be in 2058. Come ye forward son and daughters. Sound the call!” Dr. Pascal stated.

Another presenter at the conference is Albert “BO” Bannis who will deliberate on the topic: ‘Techno-politics of the Nature Isle of the World.’ There will also be group sessions on agriculture in the Nature Isle of the World, Tourism in the Nature Island of the World, Education in the Nature Island of the World, Migration-Implications for the Nature Island of the World, Political Governance in the Nature Island of the World, Healthcare in the Nature Island of the World and Formulae for a Return to Isle of Beauty, Isle of splendor/Cleaning the Nature Isle.

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Rebuild Dominica Inc Partners with Know Your Culture For CaribFest 2018 in Norfolk, VA

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Founded on October 1, 2005, The Virginia Caribbean-American Cultural Association Inc. (VCACA) remains true to its mission:  bridging the literacy gap both educationally and culturally, and support other social programs in the community.

The nonprofit provides scholarships to college students who are financially disadvantaged but, wish to continue and complete their college aspirations. VCACA also promotes youth development programs. Their biggest annual fundraiser is CaribFest, which will host its 13th annual festival and parade on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Rebuild Dominica Inc has partnered with Know Your Culture (KYC) to showcase our beautiful Nature Isle this year during CaribFest in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). In preperation for the upcoming event in Norfolk, volunteers from Rebuild Dominica Inc — Mrs. Joan Christian, LaDana Drigo and Ta’Tyani Young — met with the Founder of KYC, Sabiena George Mingo, to prepare for KYC’s section of the CaribFest parade.

KYC is a New Jersey based dance group focused on performing, celebrating and teaching the cultural, traditional dances of Dominica. KYC has performed at many popular Caribbean events.

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KYC’s mission is to promote Dominica’s wonderful culture using national wear, traditional dances and cultural music. Performances in the Diaspora allow American audiences to experience Dominica’s culture in true Dominica Independence fashion!

To learn more about CaribFest or to secure tickets online, log on to www.virginiacaribfest.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Pointe Mitchel Celebrates Opening of New Rebuild Dominica Clinic

by Dermer Christmas

Pointe Mitchel, Dominica (June 19, 2018) – The grand opening of the Pointe Mitchel private doctor’s office took place on June 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm and represents fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of area residents since Hurricane Maria. This Rebuild Dominica Inc project is available to any local or visiting health professional wanting to practice their calling closer to the grassroots level.

The private doctor’s office works hand-in-hand with the local health center; performing services like draining of abscesses or stitching of large cuts. Such services often require a trip to the Roseau Health Center or Accident & Emergency. Additionally, home visits and after-hour basic medications will be available to area villages.

Rebuild Dominica Inc’s Director of Medical Operations, Dr. Sam Christian, shared that the office will be staffed full-time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment on weekends and weekdays between 5 and 7 pm.

Already, patients from the Roseau area who really need to be seen same day, are making the short trip to Pointe Mitchel. Especially when waiting times extend into hours elsewhere. A presentation was made during the opening which featured Pointe Mitchel native, Dr. Dale Dangleben, Dominica’s top trauma surgeon practicing in the United States.

A blessing of the office and formal handing over of keys took place at Joan Frampton’s Residence on the flat across from Bolo’s Bar.

Please call 767-265-0886 to make an appointment today!

Ethiopian Cancer Survivor Mel Tewahade Shares How He Won Two Battles With Cancer

Rebuild Dominica Inc is happy to share the following Q95 FM Dominica radio interview featuring one of our greatest champions and key sponsor, Mr. Mel Tewahade.

A survivor of 2 cases of cancer, Ethiopian Mel Tewahade shared his stories with the people of Dominica on how he won two battles with cancer. Tewahade is a financial advisor, broker for company known as DMI, CEO of Infinity Wealth Management and spokesman for the prince of Ethiopia and the royal family, and a cancer survivor. In an exclusive interview at Q95 radio, Mr. Tewahade shared his story with the people.  He shares his view on overcoming cancer by saying, “Cancer isn’t an automatic death sentence… as long you stay positive, and stay ahead, … you will be ok.”

Please follow the link below to hear the full interview on Q95 FM!

http://www.q95da.com/news/ethiopian-cancer-survivor-mel-tewahade-shares-his-story-on-how-he-won-two-battles-against-cancer

CCGON Sends Heartfelt Gratitude To Rebuild Dominica Inc For Material Support

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The above image was shared by Dr. Sam Christian, Rebuild Dominica’s Medical Director, and features Nester Phillip in Roseau, Dominica.

Rebuild Dominica Inc. shares the following update from Nester Phillip: journalist and CCGON Coordinator based in Dominica.

Roseau, Dominica (May 13, 2018) – Community Based Organization (CBO) Concerned Citizens Group of Newtown (CCGON) is in a better position to effect community development following a donation of tools and equipment from Rebuild Dominica Inc.

On behalf of CCGON, I write to thank you and your organization, Rebuild Dominica Inc., for your support in procuring much needed items to carry out our community development work.

I can confirm, funds in the amount of eight hundred and fifty two Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$852) were received by CCGON on Friday, May 2018, and immediately afterwards, it went towards the purchase of one cable winch puller: also known as a ‘come along’ and one printer-scanner combo with ink and paper ream. Certainly, these tools will enable CCGON to competently and creditably carry out its functions: moving bulky source material as part of its charcoal production project and institutional strengthening.

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Your support is manifest of human and social development in motion, when Dominicans at home and abroad work together, to help build a prosperous and peaceful nation.

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CCGON will keep Rebuild Dominica informed of our work in community development, including the Charcoal project, and we remain committed to working with you for the sustainable development of The Commonwealth of Dominica.

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(Official Letter of Gratitude from Mr. Phillip is presented in the link below.)

Scanned May 13 2018 Thank You Letter from Concerned Citizens Group of Newtown to Rebuild Dominica Inc

About Rebuild Dominica, Inc.

Rebuild Dominica Inc is a US based non-profit organization that raises and distributes funds, expertise and material resources to organizations and individual families that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of communities on the Commonwealth of Dominica. It was formed in 2015 following the impact of Tropical Storm Erika on Dominica.

About CCGON

Concerned Citizens Group of Newtown (CCGON) is a non-governmental organization, existing for nearly a decade and a half, committed to the sustainable development of Newtown and neighbouring communities in Dominica.

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.