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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebuild Dominica, Inc has inspired many into action: both the young and more seasoned of the Dominican diaspora. One young Dominican is Samora “Sam” Christian, who successfully launched a clothing drive from her campus at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).
Sam is currently a senior at UMES and created the campaign in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Other supporters of Dominica sprung into action to support her campaign. She was able to fill and ship 4 full barrels of donated clothing items with the help of her parents, Gabriel and Joan Christian.
The young Christian shares updates on her blog for those seeking to support her #DressDominica campaign. Rebuild Dominica salutes this proud daughter of the soil!