Mass to Pray for the Success of Rebuilding Efforts in Dominica

Please join us at 11 a.m. this Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Largo, Maryland for a Mass in memory of those who lost their lives during Tropical Storm Erika and to pray for the success of rebuilding efforts in Dominica.

St. Joseph Catholic Church
2020 St. Joseph Drive
Largo, MD 20774

Tel. 301-773-4838
Fax 301-773-6832

All are invited, please feel free to wear your Dominica colours or Rebuild Dominica shirts.

Lisda Sawney Lends A Hand During Oliver Samuel’s Divorce Papers

(Washington – DC) Yesterday, Sunday, September 20th 2015, Rebuild Dominica held a successful fundraiser at Howard University during “Divorce Papers,” a comedic play starring Jamaican sensation; Oliver Samuels. As disaster relief efforts continue, supporters of Dominica provide additional platforms for fundraisers that benefit the people of The Commonwealth of Dominica.


Rebuild Dominica, Inc. extends a special “Thank You” to Lisda Sawney, who offered to sponsor a fundraising booth during Oliver Samuel’s hit play, “Divorce Papers.” A native of Grenada, Mrs. Lisda Sawney has been awarded for her excellence in community service and health initiatives. She has been featured, April 2014, in an article from Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine: Outstanding Grenadians In the Diaspora (edited by Andy Pilgrim). In the article, Sawney was noted as having being recognized in 2001 by the International Honor Society of Nursing as one of the “100 Extraordinary Nurses” in the Washington area, in 2012 the Government of Grenada Homecoming Award, an in 2013 she was presented with an award by Gillian M.S. Bristol, former Ambassador of Grenada to the OAS and US, in recognition of her “Steadfast Commitment to her homeland and for her unswerving partnership.

Dominica’s supporters throughout the Caribbean and in the diaspora are stepping up to help with the Rebuild Dominica initiative. Individuals such as Lisda Sawney make it possible for Rebuild Dominica to continue relief efforts!

Cast: Dennis Titus, Maylynne Walton-Lowe, Oliver Samuels and Ruth Ho Shing
Cast: Dennis Titus, Maylynne Walton-Lowe, Oliver Samuels and Ruth Ho Shing

About “Divorce Papers”

Like other Oliver Samuels’ uproarious classics, “Divorce Papers,” written by Basil Dawkins and directed by Douglas Prout, is the definition of a family friendly comedy-drama. After months of sold-out runs in Jamaica, “Divorce Papers,” starring Oliver Samuels with Ruth Ho Shing, Barbara McCalla, Dennis Titus and Maylynne Walton-Lowe, has captivated audiences in other Caribbean islands and Toronto and will certainly do so in the UK and US. “This play is not only for persons who are divorced or who are contemplating divorce, but for all persons interested in romantic relationships.” Rev. Devon Dick, Jamaica Gleaner. “Samuels leads a cast of experienced, accomplished actors in this hilarious and exhilarating but informative production.” PRIDE Magazine Toronto.

About Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine

EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American magazine, launched January 1977. The magazine produces and promotes Caribbean plays and concerts and is the longest surviving Caribbean-American publication with subscribers across the U.S. It is published by Herman Hall Communications, Inc.  and publishes 6 printed editions per year.  EVERYBODY’S “Caribbean” Magazine is the essential guide for things Caribbean and in Caribbean communities overseas. Features cover today’s hottest personalities from entertainers, musicians to public servants.


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

Caribbean Cargo DC Hosts A Successful Fundraiser

12039381_10153489298425673_6831994100244385336_n(Lanham, MD) A supporter and sponsor of Rebuild Dominica, Inc., Caribbean Cargo DC (CCDC) was the fitting host of a fundraiser on Saturday, September 19th 2015. The event was held at CCDC headquarters in the Washington, DC metro area.

This disaster relief drive was initiated by CCDC Marketing Representative, Barbara Eloi, and assisted by a team of community leaders. Prior to her tenure at CCDC, Eloi was a Customs Officer for the government of Dominica, where she worked on a specialized Customs Reform and Modernization project. Eloi is well-versed with facilitating public outreach efforts via trade shows and related seminars. She is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Marketing.

During the event, over 10 large shipping barrels were filled with donated clothing, shoes, toys, school supplies, linen, and non-perishable food items. Volunteers sorted through generous items dropped off by supporters of the Dominica disaster relief effort. The event also raised funds through the sales from an on-site cookout and Rebuild Dominica branded t-shirts.


CCDC joins the ranks of sponsors that have gone above and beyond the call of duty for victims of Tropical Storm Erika. On behalf of citizens of Dominica, we extend a very special “Thank You” to CCDC and look forward to doing more good deeds!



About Caribbean Cargo DC

Caribbean Cargo DC, LLC is a licensed and bonded company registered in the state of Maryland. The company, which was established several years ago, is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Caribbean Cargo DC was established by three enterprising principals seasoned in the shipping industry with solid reputations in the business community where they were known for providing reliable, efficient and exceptional customer service.


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

SPAGnVOLA Chocolate Company and Caribbean Agricultural Network Commit to Aid Rebuild Dominica Relief Efforts

When Tropical Storm Erika struck Dominica on August 27th, 2015, the Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) was almost complete with finalizing the first international launch of Dominica’s first premium chocolate bar, Chocolat de la Dominique under the SPAGnvola brand. More information is available through CAN.

SPAGnVOLA owners Eric and Cris Reid had traveled to Dominica on February 2015 with CAN leader Gabriel J. Christian designed to produce a premium international chocolate bar from Dominica: Chocolat de la Dominique.

During the trip to Dominica one of the most eloquent boosters for the development of the island’s cocoa industry was fireman Clifton Lewis, aka “Mighty Cocoa Tea” — the name by which he was known as a calypso contest singer. Tragically, both Clifton and his brother Billy were swept away to their deaths during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika by the raging waters of the Roseau River.

In tribute to their commitment to Dominica, CAN and SPAGnVOLA have committed to dedicating the first run of Chocolat de la Dominique to Rebuild Dominica’s aid effort. We thank these business leaders for their generosity.

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