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SNEEZE SHIELD Launches At First Caribbean International Bank

The SNEEZE SHIELD is was recently put in place by Major Francis Richards and his team in Roseau at First Caribbean International Bank in Dominica.

A total of 9 shields were fabricated and installed at FCIB Dominica last week.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, more businesses are installing an extra layer of protection for their staff and patrons.

In the USA, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, a major retailer, has also taken a similar preventative measures in response to the novel coronavirus.

Below, our youngest volunteer, Anyé Young, is pictured at a local Lowe’s purchasing home essentials while accompanied by her mother, LaDàna  Drigo.

 

 

Proud to Support the ECCTAI Youth Recognition Breakfast Fundraiser

Rebuild Dominica Inc. invites you to please join and support the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (ECCTAI) for a very special occasion: On May 25th ECCTAI is sponsoring a Youth Breakfast Fundraiser to honor students in their Youth in Aviation Program (YIAP). The event will also congratulate new ECCTAI Scholarship Winners and celebrate the 22nd anniversary of ECCTAI’s Youth in Aviation Program. All donations to the ECCTAI Youth in Aviation Program and Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated. This event allows the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities the opportunity to celebrate the phenomenal accomplishments of the students. The theme for this event is “Honoring the Legacy of Excellence”.

The Keynote Speaker will be Robert Rashford; an internationally known aerospace engineer who makes tools for use in outer space. He worked closely with a team of scientists to repair the first Hubble Space Telescope and restore its 20/20 vision. This telescope has been useful to out study of outer space and has taken pictures of never before seen stars, planets, and galaxies. Rashford was born in Kingston, Jamaica on June 15th 1957. His family was not well off and his creativity led him to make his own toys using simple things like cotton reels and cardboard. Learn more about this speaker by reading his bio on Caribbean Icons.

Nature Island Shines at Virginia Carnival and CaribFest 2018

by Gabriel J. Christian, President at Rebuild Dominica Inc.

As the summer ran its course, Rebuild Dominica stalwarts LaDàna Drigo, Joan Christian, Ta’Tyani “Anyé ” Young, and Tarnia Green, worked diligently alongside Sabiena George Mingo, Don Mingo and other members of “Know Your Culture Dance Group” to prepare costumes for the Virginia Carnival Norfolk CaribFest.

The Know Your Culture Dance Group was founded in 2008 to promote Dominica’s traditional dance and music among young and old in the United States by former Dominica Girl Guide and Junior Carnival Queen from the 1970s Sabiena George Mingo. With the solid support of her US Navy veteran husband, New Jersey born Don Mingo, Know Your Culture has distinguished itself by training US born children of the Dominica Diaspora and others in various traditional Dominica dance forms like the bèlè and quadrille. In then words of Mingo, “when our US born kids have a solid grasp of Dominica culture they will have the pride and confidence to make better contributions to where they live, while remembering to support their ancestral home. We even train those with out roots in Dominica and that way we promote tourism.”

On August 18th 2018, Dominica was given pride of place and led the parade which flowed through Norfolk’s canyon of high rise commercial buildings, with hundreds of ecstatic spectators cheering on the Dominica contingent bearing the national flag and gaily colored madras patterned costumes. The women in the Dominica Diaspora contingent were beautiful and their red sash wearing male companions were a delight to watch as they danced to lively calypso music in this major U.S. Navy town.

Dominica was in the house, and the home town crowd gave a warm welcome to the representatives of the Nature Isle whose plucky folk had survived the horrors of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Our faith and united efforts, despite the hurdles of that natural disaster and man-made obstacles, showed that we were alive as a people and determined to make Dominica smile again. Our unique Creole jing-ping music, sensay costumes, and wob dwiyets were a unique and spectacular component of the carnival with none to compare. In the glow of our determination and faith to survive and thrive we brought smiles to all who partook of the awesome 2018 Norfolk Caribbean Festival.

Rebuild Dominica was happy to partner with an ace organization dedicated to the patriotic ethic and the promotion of the best of our culture and tourism product. Tourism brochures from the Discover Dominica Authority were distributed to attendees at a booth erected in the park which hosted the festival. We say, “Well done Sabiena George Mingo and Know Your Culture! You rock out!”

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6th Annual Dominica Cultural Awards Gala

The highly anticipated Dominica Cultural Awards Gala organized by the Association of Dominicans in the Northeast USA (ADNExUS) in conjunction with Know Your Culture Dance Troupe, the Dominica United Cricket Club, the North American Association for the Advancement of La Plaine and the Northeast USA Wesley Chapter will be held at the Montclair Women’s Club in Montclair, New Jersey on Saturday, September 22, 2018, starting at 7 pm.

The collaborating groups will be celebrating the 6th anniversary of this event, which raises funds to support deserving Dominican causes, and will assemble a diverse lineup of talented Dominicans to share the spotlight and enrich the program for the benefit of supporters.

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DATE AND TIME: Sat, September 22, 2018 from 7 PM – 11 PM EST

LOCATION: Montclair Women’s Club @ 82 Union St., Montclair, NJ 07042

ORGANIZERASSOCIATION OF DOMINICANS IN THE NORTHEAST USA

Organizer of 6th Annual Dominica Cultural Awards Gala

The Association of Dominicans in the Northeast USA, originated from the Northeast USA Wesley Committee, and was formed in 2014. Out of a need to bring together the various civic groups of like mind that are focused on contributing to the development of Dominica, but wish to do so in a cohesive and purpose-driven manner.

The Association’s overall objectives are to identify and support programs that promote the island of Dominica in the areas of health, through the provision of medical supplies; education through scholarships to young Dominicans; community outreach with a focus on Dominican businesses and more mature Dominicans; and tourism through cultural and destination educational programs.

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.