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PRESS RELEASE: Rebuild Dominica Partners with Project C.U.R.E. & Other Global Allies Post-Hurricane Maria

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LaDàna Drigo
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Rebuild Dominica Partners with Project C.U.R.E. & Other Global Allies Post-Hurricane Maria


Washington, D.C. Based Nonprofit Collaborates To Deliver Hurricane Relief Supplies To The Island Of Dominica

Bowie, MD (October 8, 2017) – Since its inception in August of 2015, in direct response to Tropical Erika devastating The Commonwealth of Dominica, Rebuild Dominica holds steadfast to its mission of forming and sustaining long-term partnerships to address the unmet needs of communities in Dominica.

Dr. Sam Christian, Rebuild Dominica’s Coordinator of Medical Operations on-island, submitted reports to pronounce the discovery of three residents of Pointe Michel — whom he respectively met dead in a ravine, on the beach, and under debris of a porch. Hours after Hurricane Maria, Dr. Christian, a former U.S. Army Major and combat surgeon, was the only surgeon working with police and a search and rescue team in the south of Dominica. This continued for days, during the difficult hours post-Maria, before outside help came to the area of Point Michel and Soufriere.

These reports were used to secure medical supplies valued at approximately $400,000 USD as donated by Project C.U.R.E.: the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. The relief supplies will ship this week to Dominica, while Dr. Sam Christian continues to provide free medical treatment in anticipation of the delivery.

The cost of shipment of the medical supplies was funded under the direction of Rebuild Dominica and the nonprofit’s global supporters. A primary donation of $10,000 USD was received from Ethiopian financier and Advisor to Ethiopian Crown Council, Mel Tewahade. Additional assistance totaling $5,000 USD was pledged by from Saad Wakas and Omar Fisher: Rebuild Dominica allies based in Dubai. The President of Rebuild Dominica, Mr. Gabriel Christian, donated an additional $10,000 underwritten by his law firm in Maryland. The combined mobilization for the Project C.U.R.E. shipment is $20,000 – the sum directed to Project C.U.R.E. on behalf of Rebuild Dominica.

Founding member of Rebuild Dominica, Pastor St. Clair Mitchell of Evangel Assembly, along with Pastor Bell convened with the nonprofit on the evening of September 19, 2017 to mobilize the D.C. community. Carib Nation TV Director, Larry Sindass, and host Derrice Deane brought the Rebuild Dominica relief appeal to a global audience.

John Green, Delvin Walters, John Riviere, Colonel Koreen Parry, Captain Delvin Walters, Loema Sealey, Loughton Sargeant and Monique Joseph — all leaders of the Caribbean Disaster Relief and Recovery Alliance (CDRRA) — rushed to aid Rebuild Dominica; an early member of the CDRRA diaspora disaster response collaborative. Caribbean Cargo DC again proved itself a solid community ally by reducing its shipping rates and donating storage space for relief supplies.

While facilitating the arrival and news coverage in Dominica by Al Jazeera TV and the Israeli Search and Rescue Team, Rebuild Dominica communicated with Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. A national medical services assessment, with guidance from Dr. Dale Dangleben and Dr. Sam Christian, is currently in progress for additional donations in the medical sphere.

Another shipment totaling three tons of food and medicine await shipment from Caribbean Cargo DC and ATAS Roofing USA has committed to assist with supplies for roofing needs in Dominica. Greek-Ethiopian, Captain Demetrius Apokremiotis, has secured a short-term donation of a Convair 340 cargo plane on behalf of Rebuild Dominica to airlift 7,000 pounds of aid supplies from Miami to Dominica.

As of as of September 25, Rebuild Dominica is an official PayPal nonprofit partner. This status puts the nonprofit on par with all major US nonprofits dedicated to disaster relief.

A fundraiser is currently under way to secure monies needed to fuel and deliver the aid that awaits the displaced and starving citizens of Dominica. To that end, Rebuild Dominica has partnered with CDRRA for the upcoming ‘One Caribbean Hurricane Relief Concert’ slated for Sunday, October 8, 2017 in Bowie, Maryland. Proceeds will benefit the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

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 Remembering the Victims of Tropical Storm Erika

Koudmen - Post Erika

 Remembering the Victims of Tropical Storm Erika

Rebuild Dominica Inc. Continues to Highlight Reconstruction Efforts


Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2016) – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods which wreaked havoc on the beautiful Nature Island of the Caribbean. We remember the many lives lost during Tropical Storm Erika and look ahead in order to pay respects to their memory. What better way to celebrate the Dominicans who lost their lives than to stand together in solidarity. Rebuild Dominica, Inc. forges ahead in the nonprofit’s support of reconstruction on The Commonwealth of Dominica.

One such advancement is the partnership with the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore (UMES) which will offer a $5,000 USD scholarship to Caribbean islanders and International students who register as students of UMES. The grant will assist with out-of-state tuition fees. An additional partnership between Dominica State College and UMES was also formed this year. Rebuild Dominica, Inc. similarly encourages UMES to aid Dominica’s agricultural processing competence on-island. Two Food Technology professors from UMES visited Dominica in May to teach an agro-processing seminar on food preservation (May 18 – 20). This partnership will be shared with other Caribbean nations to continue the spirit of community exhibited during TS Erika relief.

Furthermore, Rebuild Dominica, Inc. continues its fundraising campaign to provide much-needed uniforms and gear for the Cadet Corps units in Dominica. A donation of recycled military uniforms was received by Dominican-born and retired U.S. military veteran, Dorival Drigo. The donation will be shipped in the coming month via Caribbean Cargo DC; a long-time sponsor of the organization. The shipment will be the first of many supplies to benefit the Dominica Cadet Corps whose spirit of courage reflect the spirit of its people.

A more recent development is the newly formed Dominican Association for the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area which launched on June 6th 2016. Their mission is to create a forum/social club where all Dominicans located in in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area may join to uplift and support the development of their homeland through educational, cultural, and charitable initiatives. The association’s first meeting will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland on Saturday, September 17th 2016.

“Folks, we are on our way. Let us persevere in the path of victory!” proclaimed Gabriel Christian during Rebuild Dominica, Inc.’s board meeting a few days prior to the eve of anniversary of TS Erika. The path that is true and faithful will not be easy. As The Commonwealth of Dominica continues reconstruction efforts, members of the Diaspora and supporters of The Commonwealth of Dominica are invited to share information and resources by visiting

About Rebuild Dominica, Inc.

Rebuild Dominica, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) 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 TS 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.

Rebuild Dominica Partners With The Global Breadfruit Institute

As the journey to reconstruction continues, Rebuild Dominica forms a new partnership with the Global Breadfruit Institute to boost recovery efforts. This partnership follows the donation of advanced breadfruit cultivars from Dr. Julius Garvey, the son of the late great Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who also committed to agricultural reconstruction efforts.

Breadfruit Tissue Culture
Breadfruit Tissue Culture

The Global Breadfruit Institute advised they were aware of Rebuild Dominica’s international campaign to support The Commonwealth of Dominica following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika. To support this campaign, Global Breadfruit was inspired to provide a generous gift of 1,500 breadfruit trees.

The above video provides a glimpse of the breadfruit plants at the Dominica Ministry of Agriculture greenhouse. The video is narrated by Errol Emmanuel, Rebuild Dominica (RD)  member on island and Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Network: a collaborating organization to Rebuild Dominica.

In a statement of support to Rebuild Dominica’s efforts to revive agriculture on-island post Erika, Blair Lampert of Global Breadfruit stated, “This collaboration with Rebuild Dominica is part of a long-term effort, which unites local public and private entities engaged in business, research, agriculture, and welfare that will rely on Rebuild Dominica to proliferate optimal breadfruit varieties island-wide.” A sentiment shared by supporters of Dominica’s recovery.

Dr. Diane Ragone | Global Breadfruit
Dr. Diane Ragone | Global Breadfruit

A previous donation of breadfruit trees by the admirable Dr. Julius Garvey arrived in Dominica in the weeks preceding Tropical Storm Erika. This additional gift from the Global Breadfruit Institute is beneficial in furthering the mission of Rebuild Dominica. To learn more about the initial donation, the following excerpt from the Caribbean Agricultural Network’s (CAN) August 2015 press release is provided below:

According to the CEO of the Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) Major Francis Richards, the cultivars (Ulu-fiti) and (Otea) are the donation of New York based General Surgeon Dr Julius Garvey, the last son of Marcus Garvey.

At the end of the hardening process, the objective of the project is to distribute the plants within the seven (7) agricultural regions on island. Upon arrival the cultivars will be transported to the Ministry of Agriculture’s greenhouse facility at Portsmouth where they will be hardened for three months prior to distribution to local farmers. The advanced cultivar types sent to Dominica are fast bearing and will fruit within 2 to 3 years, compared to the standard 3 to 5 years.

Dr. Garvey is a member of the Caribbean Agricultural Network and has dedicated himself to the development of Caribbean food security, in accordance with the principles of self reliance advocated by his father who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in the early 1900s. Dominica was a major base of support for the UNIA during its early years and Marcus Garvey himself was invited to Dominica in 1929 with the aid of UNIA representative, noted local poet and self rule activist JR Ralph Casimir.

Breadfruit Plants in Potting Medium
Breadfruit Plants in Potting Medium

Read the full press release on the first donation from Dr. Garvey online at


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