Donation Drive at Caribbean Cargo DC on September 19th!

 

Rebuild Dominica has partnered with Caribbean Cargo DC. We invite you to join our relief efforts during this donation drive event. Please drop off donated items and contributions toward shipping this Saturday (September 19th, 2015) from 10 AM to 4 PM at Caribbean Cargo DC – 9700 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy, Lanham, MD 20706.

For supporters unable to drop off during this relief drive, please consider making an online contribution. Many thanks in advance for your support!

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Ablazin Radio Highlights Disaster Relief Efforts

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Behind-the-scene photos of Rebuild Dominica spokesperson, Chardelle Moore, who was on-air live as a special guest on the MADD Saturdays Show at Ablazin ‪Radio on September 12th, 2015!

Our Media Team welcomes opportunities to share information on the disaster relief efforts in Dominica. Please contact us to discuss ways that you can help Rebuild Dominica. Many thanks to our supporters for helping to build awareness in Dominica’s time of need!

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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.

You support is needed. Please click the link above to donate online today or contact us to learn more about donation drop-off locations in the DC metro area and Baltimore. Thank you in advance for your kind hearts and support!

Zouk in the Park Set for Mount Rainier Nature Center Sunday, September 27, 2015

Make plans to attend this year’s Zouk in the Park. This free event will be held at Mount Rainier Nature & Recreation Center in Prince Georges County, MD on Sunday, September 27th from 3p.m. to 7p.m. The nature center has live animals, educational displays, a game room, and an outdoor playground. The facility is located near West Hyattsville Metro at 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

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Festival goers will experience the infectious beats of zouk music, which originated in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Today it is very popular in Haiti, St. Barts, French Guiana, St. Martin, St. Lucia, and Dominica.

Zouk is also popular in Belgium, France, Quebec, Canada and French speaking countries in Africa (such as Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Benin, Niger, Congo, Cameroon, Togo). Cape Verde & Angola enjoy Kizomba & Cabo-Zouk, typically sang in Portuguese. In South America, Lambada zouk is gaining increasing popularity in Brazil.

Salsa fans will love zouk! Everyone is welcome to have a great time while listening and dancing to the rhythmic tunes of Francophone music at Zouk in the Park. At this African and Caribbean French music event, attendees will be treated to an amazing line up of classic and contemporary tunes and beats. A diverse playlist of music will be played to showcase this very fun and melodic style of music. Among the various genres set for the ultimate francophone music event are Soukous, N’Dombolo, Makossa, Kompa, Cadance, Coupe Decale, Mbalax, Afropop and even Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha and Cabo-Zouk.

Like ZoukFest, at “Zouk in the Park” there will be activities for kids on the playground, food for purchase, and arts & craft vendors. Bring the family, lawn blankets, and picnic chairs.

LuvZouk encourages your support of Dominica in the aftermath of tropical storm Erika. About 15 inches of rain fell on the mountainous Caribbean island of about 70,000 people on August 27th. Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address, “damage inflicted by the storm set the island back 20 years.” “The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected,” he said, adding that hundreds of homes, bridges, and roads have been destroyed. “We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica.” Airports were left inoperable, and some communities remained isolated by flooding and landslides.

Donations will be collected at the event to aid in Rebuild Dominica’s relief efforts.

For more information about “Zouk in the Park” and other great zouk music events in the greater Washington DC area, visit www.LuvZouk.com.

A Case for Improved Soil and Land Use Management in Dominica

Dominica’s national motto “Après Bondie C’est La Ter” meaning “after God is the land” highlights the importance of the land (the soil) to Island. The amount of precious top soil eroded by the torrential rains during the Erika disaster may never be quantified or featured among all we have lost. Nonetheless, losses incurred due to landslides and soil erosion and the subsequent impact on communities and livelihoods highlight the need to elevate the importance of soil and land use management in Dominica.

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The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 as the International Year of Soil. A primary objective was to raise awareness among civil society and decision makers of the profound importance of soils for human life. As a non-renewable resource, its preservation is paramount for food security and our sustainable future.
Soils are not merely parcels of uniform materials. Instead, they are units with characteristics that change vertically downwards through different layers and horizontally in every direction. Therefore, to describe a soil it is not sufficient to only look at the surface, a vertical cut or boring must be made and the different layers from the surface to the parent material (underlying rock) carefully examined.

The soils of Dominica were classified by Mr. David Lang over 40 years ago. His work provides general descriptions of the major soil types, soil forming processes and includes several important recommendations for land use planning and agricultural development. Mostly, the soils are formed by the weathering of volcanic rock. The weathering process results in the formation of clays and secondary minerals. However, the unique properties of the respective soil types are based on the underlying rock and as influenced by environmental factors, rainfall patterns, topography, vegetation and the extent of weathering.

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The physical and chemical characteristics of our soils, suitability for agriculture and other land uses are largely dependent on the type and quantity of clay they contain. For example, soils along the west coast between Jimmit and Tarreau dominated by Smectite clay minerals are noted for their shrinking and swelling properties. They shrink and crack considerably when dry and expand when wet. This activity is responsible for the cracks and movement frequently observed in the paved roads in that area. The Smectoid clays differ from soils on the north east, around Marigot, which are dominated by Kandite clay minerals. Kandoid clays are generally highly weathered (older), appear reddish to red-brown, are well-drained and better suited for agricultural development.

Several studies have investigated the mechanics of landslides in Dominica. The steep slopes, high rainfall and high water holding capacity of our soils are some of the factors that predispose many parts of the island to landslides. While heavy rainfalls are common in Dominica, it is the prolonged precipitation at high intensities, as occurred with Erika, which is capable of causing serious destruction from landslides.

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Efforts to rebuild Dominica must be focused on building resilience and adapting to climate change impacts. Soil conservation and land use planning based on available technologies and the findings and recommendations generated from scientific studies (most of which already exist) should guide policy decisions and inform activities at the farm and community levels. We must also rely on the practical experience of individuals who have continued in the traditions of our forefathers, by stabilizing slopes with deep rooting crop and forest trees, bamboo and vetiver strips and who willingly adopt the approach that some extra work now can set the foundation for a sustainable future.

Davidson Lloyd (PhD)

Founded in 2015 in the wake of the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Erika, we are now organising relief from the direct hit by category five Hurricane Maria: the worst natural disaster in our nation's history.