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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 http://www.caribbeanagriculturalnetwork.com/2015/08/donation-of-advanced-breadfruit.html

 

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 info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

Film Producer Koby Maxwell Joins Rebuild Dominica

During the 2016 Planning Meeting on January 16th, Rebuild Dominica gained a new board member. Film producer, Koby Maxwell, who originates from Ghana, attended the meeting, which was hosted at the headquarters of Omni Systems in Arlington, Virginia.

Koby Maxwell comes on board as the nonprofit gears up for a partnership with a global event that will be announced this Spring. Mr. Maxwell will serve as the Director of Film Liaison for Rebuild Dominica. In this new role, the well-known film producer intends to introduce a new project that promotes AfroCarib relations while focusing on new ways to boost Dominica’s tourism industry.

Left to right: Gabriel Christian, Koby Maxwell, & Tarnia Green
Left to right: Gabriel Christian, Koby Maxwell, & Tarnia Green

Targeting the creation of a film industry in Dominica and the Diaspora, this project compliments Rebuild Dominica’s mission to provide creative and sustainable options for reconstruction in The Commonwealth of Dominica. With the popularity of Nollywood films on the island as well as the surrounding Caribbean isles, launching a film industry in Dominica would put focus on an untapped market.

More details will be announced during this summer. Resource persons interested in joining this project should register as a volunteer with Rebuild Dominica and provide details on their areas of expertise.

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 info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

A Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica

THE WEEKEND IN SOLIDARITY WITH DOMINICA

REBUILD DOMINICA INC. DECLARES A SERIES OF EVENTS TO SPOTLIGHT THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA POST-TROPICAL STORM ERIKA

(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 CaribbeanHeritageAwards.org 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 www.RebuildDominica.org/buy-tickets/ 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 info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

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

REBUILD DOMINICA: ON A CAMPAIGN TO ASSIST CADET CORPS WITH UNIFORMS AND RELIEF/RECOVERY GEAR

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 http://www.rebuilddominica.org. Cheques made out should be to Rebuild Dominica Inc. but with the note “for the Dominica Cadet Corps” in the memo section,” he explained.

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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 chouyette@gmail.com.

Cadet Strong: A Video Feature of Young Heroes of Dominica

(Washington – DC) Formed at Evangel Assembly Church in Maryland, on August 29, 2015, and to provide relief and recovery to The Commonwealth of Dominica and its stricken people, Rebuild Dominica, Inc. was formed. Through the generosity of Pastor St. Clair Mitchell, and just 2 days after more than 20 Dominicans lost their lives and over 100 more lost their homes, the founding meeting of this nonprofit was held.

The featured video, donated to Rebuild Dominica, Inc. by Dan Feliciano of the Gabriel Christian Law Offices’ Technical Team, is aimed at generating support for the Dominica Cadet Corps in aid of its relief and recovery mission in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika. Rebuild Dominica is thankful for the efforts of documentary maker, Dan Feliciano of Maryland, for his efforts in capturing the spirit of these young leaders. The contribution of Lieutenant Oneil LeBlanc allowed the video to feature photos of some cadets in action.

The Dominica Cadet Corps’ mission is to train each Cadet to become the personnel backbone of The Commonwealth of Dominica’s disaster relief efforts; in the event of a hurricane, volcano or other such disaster. Cadets develop special qualities of courage, leadership, sportsmanship, spirit of camaraderie, team work and self confidence. The purpose of Cadet Corps activities are to make every Cadet a nation builder, while making them sensitive to the needs and problems of the under-privileged and contribute meaningfully toward enriching community.

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The Dominica Cadet Corps has gained a partner in Rebuild Dominica, Inc. This is a partnership of civic leadership and community development, based on the service organization founded at the Dominica Grammar School in 1910. Members of the Cadet Corps are high school students between the ages of eleven and eighteen.

This video illustrates Rebuild Dominica’s adopted philosophy of Koudmen: cooperative self help. This philosophy has been at the core of successful community building efforts in Dominica for generations. Rebuild Dominica Chairman, Gabriel Christian, shared the following:

At a time when divisive and selfish values have gained ascendancy, the devastation of Erika has taught us that our very survival depends on our being able to look out for the best interests of our friends and neighbors; not just ourselves.”

Rebuild Dominica calls on all Dominicans and supporters of The Commonwealth of Dominica to promote leadership by applauding the Dominica Cadet Corps for being silent giants: putting community and service above all. This video captures the noble conduct of the cadets in disaster relief efforts following Tropical Storm Erika. This is an inspiration to all who watch and a call to donate to the purchase of gear for the cadet program.

Non-material support, mentors and encouragement of these brave young leaders would also be much appreciated. Rebuild Dominica, Inc. calls on all those desirous of helping these young men and women who support rebuilding efforts in Dominica to donate generously.

About the Dominica Cadet Corps

The Dominica Cadet Corps‘ objective is to develop qualities of, discipline, equity, reason, faith, democracy, civic duty, leadership, courage, secular outlook, spirit of adventure, sportsmanship comradeship, respectful appreciation of the history of The Commonwealth of Dominica, its people and the importance of its national independence. In addition, the program intends to impart a zealous spirit of initiative and “can do attitudes” and ideals of selfless service amongst youth to make them useful and loyal citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Each Cadet will be dedicated to strengthening of the fabric of discipline at all schools of which they are a part and at which they are expected to provide exemplary leadership. Every serious country maintains a platform for the systematic diffusion of service to country principles among youth, and the Cadet program intends to achieve that aim.

 

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 info@AbovePrestigePR.com.