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CBN4 News Feature on Rebuild Dominica, Inc.

Rebuild Dominica ready and willing to provide more aid to Dominicans

Dominicans in the diaspora are continuing to show their commitment to the development of our Nature Isle through various avenues.” – CBN4 News (Dominica)

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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

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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 http://www.RebuildDominica.org.

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.

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.

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.

HowardU-DivorcePapers

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 info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

Getting Started

Today a first step was taken in our effort to rebuild Dominica.  A meeting was held with considerable attendance to found a new relief organisation to coordinate the energy of the Diaspora in the Washington, D.C. area.

Gabriel Christian, an attorney who has long been resident in Maryland and is a prominent member of the Diaspora, was elected Chair of the new organisation, entitled Rebuild Dominica.  Mr Christian remarked:

On Saturday August 29, 2015, there was tremendous energy at the launch of Rebuild Dominica. Today we had the presence of Dominicans from all walks of life, the U.S. Peace Corps ex-volunteer group, U.S. State Department, Institute of Caribbean Studies, businesses and other American and Caribbean entities united in common humanitarian cause. This effort is to provide a common platform atop which we can communicate, collaborate and cooperate in the relief effort in wake of the Tropical Storm Erika tragedy. We ask all concerned humanity to join hands to help rebuild Dominica.

Other officers and committee chairs were voted in by the membership as well, and a complete roster is forthcoming.  There is still great need for those from all walks of life to offer their skills in service to rebuild Dominica, all are welcome.

A few additional notes:

  • A Rebuild Dominica Facebook group has been established, all who use social platform Facebook are requested to join to make communication easier.
  • A Twitter feed has been established, those who use that service are asked to follow @RebuildDominica and include it in any relevant tweets.
  • A follow up meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd September.  Details, including information on conference call access, will be posted shortly.

It is also worth reporting that Dominicans around the world are coming together in their communities seeking ways to cooperate to help provide relief to their homeland.  A coordinating conference call took place amongst groups starting spontaneously in several North American cities.  Further details are to come.

If you are able to help, or even if you’re not sure you can but would like to learn more, please join us.  Together, we will rebuild Dominica.

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