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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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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.

 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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.

National Carnival Queen Fundraiser

REBUILD DOMINICA LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER IN RESPONSE TO SPONSORSHIP REQUEST FROM A CONTESTANT FOR THE NATIONAL CARNIVAL QUEEN SHOW.

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2016 Contestants

Photo Credit: Dominica News Online

The 2016 National Carnival Queen Show contestants have yet to gain sponsorship based on a recent report by Dominica News Online on Thursday, January 14th, 2016. In response to a request by one of this year’s Carnival Queen contestants, Rebuild Dominica has announced its support in the form of an online fundraiser. As the island works toward post-Tropical Storm Erika recovery, one thing is certain: the spirit of The Nature Isle of the Caribbean will not falter. The National Carnival Queen show is still scheduled for February 5th.

Rebuild Dominica is a non-profit based in the Washington DC metro area urging members of the diaspora and supporters of Dominica’s recovery efforts to donate generously to help meet the goal of $5,500 USD. This goodwill effort paired with the dedication of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) only further demonstrates Dominica’s resilience.

This year’s contestants are Tasia Floissac (22 – Castle Comfort); Abigail Shillingford (19 – Goodwill); Britney Pharoah (22 – Grandbay); Nawana Shillingford (25 – Loubiere); Mernel Christmas (19 – Campbell) and Judy Toussaint (20 – San Sauveur).

The Commonwealth of Dominica’s National Carnival Queen Show provides a glimpse at the talent and beauty of The Nature Isle’s women. It is the highlight of Carnival. Through this fundraiser, Rebuild Dominica seeks to rally supporters of this national event.


WHEN
Donations will be accepted from Monday, January 18, 2016 to Monday, January 25, 2016.

WHERE
Donate online at www.NationalQueenFundraiser.eventbrite.com
or
Mail your financial contribution to the following address:
Rebuild Dominica
3060 Mitchellville Rd, #216
c/o The Law Offices of Gabriel Christian
Bowie, MD 20716 USA

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.