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Standing In Solidarity With The Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian

“God bless and keep our stricken Bahamian family and guide our mission to a beneficial end to those in need… We are all committed to aid our kith and kin in the Bahamas.”

The above quote is from Rebuild Dominica, Inc. President, Mr. Gabriel J. Christian, and the attitude that resonates with all members of Rebuild Dominica following the devastating blow The Bahamas received from Hurricane Dorian this week.

In 2017, Hurricane Maria dealt The Commonwealth of Dominica (Dominica) a very similar blow. And, years later, Dominica is just beginning to recover. Understanding the challenges that our neighbors in The Bahamas now face, Rebuild Dominica has offered to assist with recovery efforts via a relief collaborative.

Resource affiliates include electrical engineer Jerome Austrie who is currently working on potential emergency  solar power systems solutions. Additional resource persons include Caribbean Bishop Rex Cole — who leads a significant congregation in Florida — and faith-based leader in Florida engaged in relief missions; Norma Fontaine . Also included in the collaboration is Bahamian environmental scientist, Eleanor Phillips Garraway.

We stand in solidarity with The Bahamas and will work with a collaborative of church and civic groups, to include the Caribbean Disaster Relief and Recovery Alliance (CDRRA) to aid those in need at this sad time. May God help us help The Bahamas at its time of need.

For those interested in donating to The Bahamas Relief efforts, the following links may aid in determining where to send donations: Red Cross, CNN Impact, and the Bahamas Government.


Photo Credit: Shane Rounce

Rebuild Dominica Medical Director Dr. Sam Christian Returns Home from Extensive Medical Stay in Martinique

Rebuild Dominica again expresses gratitude to Dominica’s government, opposition and Dominicans in the Diaspora and at home for the medical assistance rendered to Rebuild Dominica Medical Director Dr. Sam Christian following his December 1, 2018 motor vehicle accident.

Dr. Christian made a miraculous recovery and headed home on Saturday April 6, 2019. Additional gratitude goes to Dominica’s Counsel General in Martinique Mark Frampton and DBS Manager Mr. Cecil Joseph for their assistance in aiding Dr. Christian in his time of need.

Rebuild Dominica credits Dominica News Online for presenting the following feature and above photo featuring the return of Dr. Christian:

“Medical doctor, Dr. Sam Christian has returned to Dominica from Martinique where , over the past four months, he has been receiving medical treatment for an injury to his pelvis sustained during an accident in which he got pinned by his own vehicle.”

EMO News‘ featured via the Facebook video below of Dr. Christian’s return to Dominica after his near-death accident is also well-received and deserves the utmost gratitude on behalf of Dr. Christian following his medical stay in Martinique:

EMO News: Welcome Home Dr. Sam Christian

Rebuild Dominica thanks all those who contributed to Dr. Christian’s GoFundMe, which was able to raise over $11,000 USD in just a few weeks to assist with some of the cost of medical care in Martinique.

EMO News Features Judge Irving André & Other Rebuild Dominica Partners At Canada-Dominica Scholarship Foundation (CANDO) Award Ceremony

EMO News: CANDO Scholarship Disbursement Ceremony ft. Judge Irving Andre

Message from Rebuild Dominica President, Mr. Gabriel J. Christian, Esq.

We thank Emeline Anselm of EMO News for the featured documentary.

Rebuild Dominica shares featured interview of the nonprofit booster Judge Irving André of Canada  as he awards scholarships during this year’s Scholarship Disbursement Ceremony — held on behalf of the Canada-Dominica Scholarship Foundation (CANDO) — to deserving students in Dominica at Portsmouth.

The ceremony  was hosted by President of the Portsmouth Community Watch Foundation, Adenauer “Washway” Douglas, and  took place on March 27, 2019 at the St John’s Academy in Portsmouth.

In a 2012 interview with Brampton Guardian, André shared that his father was “forced to abandon his dream of post-secondary education because his family couldn’t pay the tuition.” This reality prompted a then-young André to make it his personal mission to nurture his father’s dream and come to the aid of students with similar financial disadvantages.

CANDO was established in 2011 and continues its support of Dominican students who are in need to fulfill its mission of assisting disadvantaged young people and helping them achieve greatness in academics.

CANDO’s membership consists of Dominicans residing in Ontario, Canada, and other persons who have some association with the island and /or its citizens. The organization has raised funds through personal donations, and since 2011, has given fifteen scholarships to deserving Canadian students of Dominican ancestry.

Such community development initiatives by local and overseas Dominicans working together have the full endorsement of Rebuild Dominica and is encouraged. It is by such self-reliant collaborative efforts among different organizations and individuals we shall rebuild our homeland.

Photo of Judge Irving André courtesy of Brampton Guardian.