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University of Maryland at Eastern Shore: Food Preservation Program

The food preservation program was held at the Dominica Grammar School in May 2016 by food scientists from the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore; Dr. Patel and Dr. Nando.

The Dominica Grammar School (DGS) is a public co-education secondary school in Roseau, Dominica, which was established in 1893. It is one of the oldest educational institutions on the island and no longer functions as a traditional grammar school. It has expanded its curriculum beyond its historical scope.

The scientists taught Dominican farmers and entrepreneurs food preservation technology focusing on mango preserves.

Dr. Patel, featured in the above video, can be seen teaching the food processing class in The Commonwealth of Dominica to the attendees at the Dominica Grammar School.

Their program was part of the memorandum of understanding with the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore and Dominica facilitated by Rebuild Dominica, Inc. in collaboration with the Dominica State College, the Caribbean Agricultural Network and the local Global Environment Fund.

Above is an interview feature of one of the attendees during the program, Dylan Williams.

Interview Feature: The Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica (Part I)

Watch the first night of Rebuild Dominica’s Solidarity Weekend with Gordon Henderson and Others!

The above footage shares the reception interview during The Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica, which was a successful weekend lineup presented by Rebuild Dominica Inc in November 2015.

The guest of honor was Gordon Henderson, who is a Dominican-born and award-winning musician based in Paris (France). Henderson performs and is known worldwide as the Godfather of Cadense-Lypso music. Gordon Henderson arrived in Washington DC for the weekend series that included the Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH). His arrival was sponsored by the Law Offices of Gabriel Christian and OmniSystems LLC.

The discussion was lead by Rebuild Dominica leaders and hosted by Dominica’s celebrity reporter and media personality, Tarnia Green. Gordon Henderson gave a splendid exposition of the history of Cadance-Lypso.

Also interviewed were key members and resource persons at Rebuild Dominica. These included Chairman Gabriel Christian, Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) Director, Errol Emmanuel, with Rebuild Dominica Logistics Director and CAN CEO Francis Richards. Also interviewed was Rebuild Dominica publicist, LaDàna Drigo, with her daughter, Ta’Tyani Young (a young Rebuild Dominica volunteer). Haitian artist, Jean Claude Vivens, and surveyor, Fitzroy Bertrand, were also featured. Other attendees included Rebuild Dominica members Timothy Dover, Sammy Garraway, Michael Davis, Anelia Bertrand and Whinny Lewis.

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.

Caribbean Agricultural Network Donates Proceeds of SPAGnVOLA Chocolate Bars to Dominica Relief Efforts

can-logo-WEB-USEPost-Tropical Storm Erika, many Dominicans and supporters of The Commonwealth of Dominica continue to step up to join Rebuild Dominica, Inc. — a nonprofit based in Washington D.C.

Efforts continue to restore The Nature Island and encourage those affected by the storm’s effects. In the midst of redevelopment efforts, Caribbean Agricultural Network leads the ranks as a strong supporter of Dominica’s relief efforts.

Photo Credit: Caribbean Agriculture Network
Photo Credit: Caribbean Agricultural Network

Prior to the devastating floods brought on by Tropical Storm Erika, a collaboration formed between the Caribbean Agricultural Network, CiBEXO Group Dominica, and the Law Office of Gabriel Christian. The result was SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier‘s Chocolat de la Dominique – The Nature’s Island 70% Dark Chocolate bar. This is a premium chocolate collection made from Dominican cacao.


Caribbean Agricultural Network and SPAGnVOLA have committed to donate 100% of the proceeds of their first production of Dominica’s SPAGnVOLA Dark Chocolate bars to post Erika relief and recovery. A select number of the artisan chocolate bars are now on sale at SPAGnVOLA outlets in both Gaithersburg, MD and DC’s National Harbor. The single source chocolate bars are produced from Dominica’s cacao with a sale price of $25.00 per bar.

Photo Credit: Caribbean Agricultural Network

The official SPAGnVOLA press release on September 27th 2015 quotes SPAGnVOLA’s head chocolate maker, Crisoire Reid, as stating, “The main ingredient in these bars is love and this is what’s being sent to Dominica with a 100% of the proceeds from this effort.” According to an official statement by the founders of Caribbean Agricultural Network, this fundraising effort is a demonstration of their commitment, not only to the farmers, but to the people of The Commonwealth of Dominica. The goal is to raise $25,000 from the sale of 1,000 bars, with 100% of those proceeds going to Dominica disaster relief efforts. A sampling event in November at The National Harbor in DC will soon be announced.

In the words of Caribbean Agricultural Network CEO, Francis Richards, “We need to create a business culture within agriculture… [and] adopt new technologies to improve production and new products, or product offerings, penetrate new markets. In that fashion we can become trend setters in food production.” This commitment from both Caribbean Agricultural Network and SPAGnVOLA to donate 1,000 Dominican premium chocolate bars help Rebuild Dominica, Inc. continue its work of aiding with Dominica’s disaster relief.

Please subscribe to the Rebuild Dominica newsletter to be the first to get more details regarding Rebuild Dominica Inc.’s Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica event this fall.

About Caribbean Agricultural Network

The Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) believes in the philosophy of “CAN DO!” CAN marries the skills of agricultural scientist, lawyers, marketers, innovators and the best in computer science technology to enhance Caribbean agriculture. Their network links the farmer, agriculture departments and exporters of agricultural products with regional and international markets, financing, technology and consumers to allow producers to receive a better price. CAN intends to partner with farmers across the Caribbean region so they can receive training along with technical and business-management support to produce well-planned, sophisticated crops.

Among the products the company will place focus on are cacoa, ginger, yucca, yams, sweet potatoes, dasheen, oranges, mangoes, avocados and mushrooms to name a few. The network will also boost food security in the Caribbean by introducing best business and other practices to boost agriculture and fisheries. CAN also intends to partner with US farmers and others in the Americas to share in the networking so necessary to absorb best practices.


Since 2009 SPAGnVOLA has made an unprecedented name for themselves within the chocolate industry. Using the finest cacao beans harvested from their private farm in Dominican Republic. The company handcrafts exquisite premium chocolates through a vertically integrated process. SPAGnVOLA is engaged in a number of international projects with other cocoa-producing countries with an emphasis in transforming the industry by adding greater value to cacao farmers.

SPAGnVOLA is a 2015 award winner of the London-based Academy of Chocolate. They specialize in artisan single-source premium chocolate bars. In partnership with the Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, SPAGnVOLA is to start training chocolatiers and chocolate makers from Caribbean’s cocoa producers in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. To ensure that Caribbean farmers add value to their cocoa, this partnership will establish a chocolate-making factory in Barbados on a 30 acre plot of land donated by Barbadian philanthropist Eddie Edghill and his family.


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.

Zouk In The Park: Spotlight on Dominica!

ZoukInThePark2015.245194030_stdCaribbean Professional Network (CPN) provided a spotlight on The Commonwealth of Dominica this past Sunday (September 27, 2015) during “Zouk in The Park.” The fundraising event was held at Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center in Prince George’s County, MD.

zoukinpark-feat1The Honorable Ambassador Hubert Charles of Dominica addressed the crowd and provided an update regarding disaster relief underway; post-Tropical Storm Erika. Also in attendance was Chairman, Gabriel Christian, and Rebuild Dominica Committee members Michael Floissac and Maj. Francis Richards. Additional volunteers were Ta’Tyani Young, dressed in Dominica’s National Wear (wob dwiyet) and her mother LaDàna Drigo, who is also a member of the Rebuild Dominica Media Relations team.

Dominica_largeBy way of donated items from CPN and SPAGnVOLA, a raffle was held to continue fundraising efforts to benefit the people of The Commonwealth of Dominica.


Items raffled included SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier’s “Chocolat de la Dominique,” Dominica’s premium 70% dark chocolate, books from authors from The Commonwealth of Dominica, and tickets to enjoy a feature concert performance by Jacob Desvareaux (from the Caribbean band: Kassav’) with Charlotte DiPanda on November 28th in Takoma Park, MD.


winnersCongratulations to the winners of the items raffled during Zouk in the Park! Rebuild Dominica, Inc. is grateful for the outpouring support during Dominica’s time of need. Donations continue to pour in online and via mail and the journey to rebuilding Dominica has begun. Stay tuned for more updates regarding disaster-relief efforts for The Commonwealth of Dominica!

Visit the Rebuild Dominica gallery page for more great photos from this event!


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.