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A Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica



(Washington DC) – Rebuild Dominica Inc. gears up for its “Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica” event series. The festivities begin with a spotlight on The Commonwealth of Dominica during the annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) on Friday, November 20th, 2015. CaribNation TV will broadcast this cultural event worldwide to over 22 Caribbean territories, the USA, Toronto (Canada) and the United Kingdom. The gala begins at 6:30 pm EST and will film at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

The Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards were instituted in 1994 by the Institute of Caribbean Studies in order to demonstrate the contributions that Caribbean immigrants make to the USA. It is a campaign to ensure that the dialogue on the future of America and immigration includes acknowledgment of the united and ancient linkage between the US and the Caribbean. During the CARAH gala, the Trailblazer Award will be presented to Dominican-born music legend, Gordon Henderson, the godfather of cadence-lypso: a fusion of cadence rampa from Haiti and calypso from Trinidad and Tobago.

Cadence-lypso is a popular music genre originating in the 1970s; primarily from the Caribbean islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique. The music genre’s pioneer is the group Exile One, led by Gordon Henderson, and other important groups that include Midnight Groovers, Les Aiglons, Liquid Ice and Les Gramacks. Cadence-lypso is the antecedent to the worldwide phenomenon known as Zouk music.

The fête continues at the National Harbor on Saturday, November 21st as SPAGnVOLA Chocolatiers launches Chocolat de La Dominique; a unique tasting that features premium dark chocolate bars made of Dominica’s cacao. The experience will run at SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier’s retail location from 12 pm to 2 pm at 181 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD. The tasting allows guests to explore what Dominica has to offer and savor the rich and luscious flavor of an artisan delicacy. It’s an exclusive occasion for lovers of high-quality chocolate to see the world a little differently.

During the gourmet session, guests will also be presented a display of Dominica’s indigenous crafts while mingling with ambassadors and dignitaries who support Dominica’s reconstruction efforts. In collaboration with CiBEXO Group Dominica, the Law Office of Gabriel Christian and Caribbean Agriculture Network, SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier has joined the relief efforts for Dominica victims of Tropical Storm Erika: 100% of the proceeds will go towards storm victims in Dominica.

Following the decadent affair, Irie Bar & Grille Caribbean restaurant at 2200 Petrie Ln (Lanham, MD) hosts the Dominica Benefit Showcase, where supporters of Dominica can party for a great cause. The celebration kicks off at 9 pm and Gordon Henderson will deliver one of his powerful performances alongside live entertainment provided by the premier Caribbean ensemble; Image Band. Additionally, the showcase will include pulsating performances by a lineup of Caribbean artists. This includes Dominica’s own Desmond “Desii” Hyson (Grammy Nominee), Joseph “Ras Iwa” Lambert, Brian “Rocket” Rocket, Levi “Super L” Loblack, Jerome Austrie, Garner Fingal, Challenger and the Core Band, Sammy Garraway and Tronada. The bash is also sponsored by Darren “DJ Sprang” Solozano. This showcase is sure to bring back memories of Dominica’s cool breezes and natural ambiance. The emcee for the evening is Fox45’s news reporter and producer, the vibrant Chardelle Moore; an accomplished Caribbean woman from the Nature Island of Dominica.

The festivities wrap up on Sunday, November 22nd with a 10:30 am church service at Evangel Assembly at 5900 Old Branch Ave in Temple Hills, MD. Attendees are encouraged to wear Creole National Wear in observance of Dominica’s Independence. The service will be led by Dominican native, Pastor St Clair Mitchell, who has a long history of giving back to his birth island.

Following the mass, the Rebuild Dominica Inc and Evangel Assembly team up to bring traditional dishes to share for a community potluck-style brunch, which will be served for added enjoyment and spice.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, November 20, 2015 – Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) Gala at Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill @ 6:30 pm where Gordon Henderson will be awarded the 2015 Trailblazer Award. Visit for tickets!

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Launch of Chocolat de La Dominique at SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier from 12 pm to 2 pm.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Dominica Benefit Showcase at Irie Grille in Lanham MD from 9 pm to 1 am featuring a live performance by Gordon Henderson and The Image Band with an appearance by DJ Sprang! Plus, more live performances by Desmond “Desii” Hyson (Reggae singer and Grammy Nominee), Joseph “Ras Iwa” Lambert, Brian “Rocket” Rocket, Levi “Super L” Loblack, Jerome Austrie, Garner Fingal, Challenger and the Core Band, Sammy Garraway, & Tronada!

Sunday, November 22, 2015 – Dominica Independence Mass at Evangel Assembly @ 10:30 am followed by a Potluck Brunch.

To purchase tickets to the Dominica Benefit Showcase, please visit or contact The Law Offices of Gabriel Christian @ 301.218.9400.


About Rebuild Dominica, Inc:
The Rebuild Dominica is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to raise and distribute funds, expertise and material resources in support of the recovery and reconstruction efforts of communities on The Commonwealth of Dominica that were impacted by floods from Tropical Storm Erika.

Rebuild Dominica Inc aims to make a sustainable, long term impact, and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of communities around Dominica. The organization is inspired by the spirit of volunteerism, team work and cooperative self-help. Dominica has a long heritage of working together for the common good. In Dominica’s French creole language, those values of community self-help have a name; it is called: Koudmen. Rebuild Dominica serves to personify this spirit of Koudmen.


This write-up was prepared by the Media Relations Team at Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact LaDàna Drigo at 202.670.6489 or

School Age Child Care Program Donates Supplies

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought on Dominica by Tropical Storm Erika, the FairFax County School Age Child Care (SACC) Program under the commendable leadership of Mrs.Beverly Moore has donated a quantity of school supplies, toiletries and canned foods to Dominica through the management of the Rebuild Dominica Inc. organization based in Bowie, Maryland.

SACC provides fun, safe and educational care for children in kindergarten – sixth grade before school, after school and during school vacations in most Fairfax County elementary schools.

The management and members of Rebuild Dominica Inc. wish to thank the organizers and the many contributors to the SACC initiative for collecting and sorting the several items, packing and storing appropriately and delivering to the Rebuild Dominica pickup team on Wednesday October 21, 2015.

Special mention must be made of the significant contribution made by Caribbean Cargo DC for providing the means of pick up transportation and subsequent storage at their facility prior to shipment and distribution to Dominica at their earliest opportunity. It is anticipated that the items will be received and equitably distributed by the on-island Rebuild Dominica team.

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October 19th interview on BronxNet TV Network about the work of Rebuild Dominica

Former Ambassador to the United Nations – Crispin Gregoire, featured on the October 19th 2015  interview on BronxNet TV Network (Lehman College, City University of New York) about the work of Rebuild Dominica.–featured-interviews/rebuild-dominica

Rebuild Dominica On A Campaign To Assist Dominica’s Cadet Corps


by Tarnia Green

“Rebuild Dominica Inc,” a non- profit relief organization based in Washington DC, helping to rebuild Dominica after the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika, has embarked on a fund raising campaign to get much needed funds towards the purchase of new uniforms and gear for the Cadet Corps units in Dominica.

IMG-20150901-WA0054The Cadet Corps institution which has been existence in Dominica for decades was established to develop qualities of discipline, equity, democracy, civic duty, leadership among the country’s youth. The Cadet Corps of Dominica was also set up to instill courage, a spirit of adventure, sportsmanship, comradeship, and respectful appreciation for the history of Dominica, and its people and the importance of its national independence.

Over the years, various cadet units at Secondary schools on the island have been active with members participating in parades, hikes, and community service projects. IMG-20150901-WA0047Following the Passage of Tropical Storm Erika late August 2015 in Dominica, Cadets from across the country were actively involved in assisting with clean up and relief efforts in various communities.

Former Cadet at the Dominica Grammar School (DGS) and current Cadet Captain and co-founder of “Rebuild Dominica”, Gabriel Christian said the work of the Cadet Corps units in Dominica should not go unnoticed.
“The young men and women of the Dominica Cadet Corps of which I am proud to be associated, continue to make valuable contributions towards the development of our beautiful country Dominica.

It is my hope that this fund raising drive by “Rebuild Dominica, “will give further impetus to the self-reliant efforts of our young people, who exhibited organization, discipline and steadfastness after the storm. In tribute to their courage and humanitarian service, it is incumbent upon us to rally to the assistance of our country and find ways to contribute to the nation-building mission of the Dominica Cadet Corps,” he said.

“We have always been interested in ensuring that the Cadet Corps in Dominica is sustained because these young people make such valuable contributions to our country,” he added. “We want to assist in the total development or the holistic development of our Cadet Corps. For many years the Dominica Cadet Units have been operating with the same uniforms. We really do need to assist in getting new uniforms for the young men and women,” he lamented.

Christian is hoping that all civic-minded Dominicans will heed to the call to support the Dominica Cadet Corps by making their financial contributions to the Rebuild Dominica organization. “Individuals interested in supporting the cause may donate online at Cheques made out should be to Rebuild Dominica Inc. but with the note “for the Dominica Cadet Corps” in the memo section,” he explained.

Retired Cadet Commandant, Major Francis Richards and Dominica born former Inspector of Detectives at Scotland Yard David Michael have been authorized by the Cadet Commandant Colonel David Andrew to seek assistance for the cadets at this time of need so they are better equipped for the continuing task of relief and recovery.

In June 2014, Gabriel Christian, through the Ministry of Youth Affairs made a presentation of books to the Dominica Cadet Corps. The reading material donated included books on leadership, on aerospace science and on global cultural studies.

Cadets Delivering Relief Supplies in Dominica
Cadets Delivering Relief Supplies in Dominica

This write-up was prepared by Tarnia Green on behalf of Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact Tarnia Green at