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FoxNews: Carifesta Helps Rebuild Dominica

Fox News/Fox45 (Baltimore, MD) provided a live feature of the Rebuild Dominica, Inc. partnership with CARIFESTA to aid with collection of disaster relief items for The Commonwealth of Dominica.

Flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Erika on August 27th, 2015 has set Dominica’s development process back about 20 years; according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Much help is needed as over 100 villagers are now homeless after the village of Petite Savanne was washed away.

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CARIFESTA Partners With Rebuild Dominica

(Washington, DC ) — On Labor Day, in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, Dominicans, and supporters of The Commonwealth of Dominica, came together during CARIFESTA.

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The Washington DC Mayor’s Caribbean Commission, led by Barbadian born Margaret Forde, and CARIFESTA, led by Trinidad & Tobago born Arthur Griffith, both announced their support of Dominica. During this urgent time of need, they agreed to lead a relief campaign in partnership with Rebuild Dominica. CARIFESTA, a free Caribbean Music and Arts festival celebrating Caribbean-American heritage. Attendees of CARIFESTA attended the event with a donation in-hand through Monday, September 7, 2015.

Carifesta2015-stageDuring the event, CARIFESTA sponsored a centralized booth for Rebuild Dominica, which was manned by Rebuild Dominica officer, Michael Floissac and students from the Caribbean Students Association (HUCSA – Howard University). This provided a platform to build awareness and encourage more donations. Rebuild Dominica Chairman, Gabriel Christian, took to the stage with Spokesperson, Chardelle Moore, and the Honorable Ambassador Hubert Charles of Dominica to address over 2,000 attendees. Their plea requesting attendees pitch in to help Dominica was well received.

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Numerous donations were collected in shipping barrels provided courtesy of Caribbean Cargo DC. The relief items and monetary donations collected will aid with relief efforts in Dominica. This partnership is only the first in a series of partnerships with organizations who have pledged to come together in solidarity to help restore Dominica. Items still needed are medical supplies, pampers, box juice, wooden pallets, towels, sheets, undergarments for men, women & children, deodorant, Paracetamol, Panadol, & water. Also needed are non-perishable foods, canned goods, clothing and shoes: for men, women, & children.

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On August 27th 2015, dramatic and sudden floods brought on by Tropical Storm Erika devastated The Commonwealth of Dominica. The destruction that remains marks the worst flood-related loss that the island of Dominica has ever experienced since Hurricane David (1979). The damage is island-wide from the Douglas-Charles Airport in Marigot to the Canefield Airport: near the capitol city of Roseau. More damage continues from main roads in Layou to mountain roads in Petite Savanne. Industrial output has been degraded due to loss of production facilities. Utilities like water and power are also severely damaged. Agricultural production has suffered. Dominica now starts its journey to recovery. But, rebuilding Dominica will require international support. The entire village of Petite Savanne was washed away and villagers were forced to evacuate. Rebuild Dominica, Inc. launched to help Dominica after the devastation caused by flooding, which left over 100 villagers homeless and over 20 dead after Tropical Storm Erika.

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About Rebuild Dominica

RebuildDominica.org is a relief organization based in the Washington, D.C. area and comprised of people determined to help rebuild Dominica in the wake of the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Erika. This non-profit raises and distributes funds, expertise and material resources to organizations and individual families that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of communities on the Commonwealth of Dominica, impacted by floods from Tropical Storm Erika. The Rebuild Dominica organization aims to make a sustainable, long term impact, and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of communities around Dominica. Please visit our About Us page to learn more.

Want To Help?

RebuildDominica.org is the official website for Rebuild Dominica, Inc. We encourage those who want to help victims of Tropical Storm Erika to make monetary donations via our online fundraiser at:

https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/dominica-relief-effort-post-tropical-storm-erika

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To established charities, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, which distribute donations to disaster relief agencies, please contact our Chairman, Gabriel Christian, at The Maryland Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates (301.218.9400) or contact one of our officers to learn more about making donations, or mail your contribution. Please include a memo on the check designating that the donation is for Dominica relief. Send mail to:

Rebuild Dominica, Inc

c/o The Maryland Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates

3060 Mitchellville Rd, Suite 216, Bowie, MD 20716

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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.

Azan Leads Technical Team to Assist With Dominica’s Recovery

Jamaica’s Junior works minister Richard Azan is leading a technical team to storm-ravaged Dominica as part of Jamaica’s recovery assistance to the neighbouring Caribbean island.

In addition to providing US$100,000, two Bailey bridges and technical help in the areas of health and engineering, Azan and a team from the National Works Agency (NWA) left Jamaica today to carry out an assessment of Dominica’s infrastructural damage and provide further technical advice on recovery.

Azan is accompanied by E. G. Hunter, CEO of the NWA; Varden Downer, director of major projects at the NWA; Roger Smith, NWA’s technical services director, along with representatives of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and officers from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

“The delegation headed by Minister Azan will undertake an assessment of infrastructural damage with a view to offering technical assistance in the recovery process and discuss how Jamaica can further assist with rehabilitation to ensure rapid recovery from the devastation,” stated a release from the Ministry of Transport, Housing and Works today.

“Consultations are also ongoing between the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to outline Jamaica’s strategy for extending medical assistance to the country in keeping with identified needs,” the release also said.

While in Dominica, the Jamaican delegation will meet with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister of Transport Don Corritte, as well as the director of the Office of Disaster Management and other officials.

Azan and the technical team are scheduled to return to Jamaica on September 12.

Source: The Gleaner (Jamaica Newspaper)