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Ethiopian Cancer Survivor Mel Tewahade Shares How He Won Two Battles With Cancer

Rebuild Dominica Inc is happy to share the following Q95 FM Dominica radio interview featuring one of our greatest champions and key sponsor, Mr. Mel Tewahade.

A survivor of 2 cases of cancer, Ethiopian Mel Tewahade shared his stories with the people of Dominica on how he won two battles with cancer. Tewahade is a financial advisor, broker for company known as DMI, CEO of Infinity Wealth Management and spokesman for the prince of Ethiopia and the royal family, and a cancer survivor. In an exclusive interview at Q95 radio, Mr. Tewahade shared his story with the people.  He shares his view on overcoming cancer by saying, “Cancer isn’t an automatic death sentence… as long you stay positive, and stay ahead, … you will be ok.”

Please follow the link below to hear the full interview on Q95 FM!

http://www.q95da.com/news/ethiopian-cancer-survivor-mel-tewahade-shares-his-story-on-how-he-won-two-battles-against-cancer

A Bio Note on Dr. McDonald Benjamin: A Family Legacy of Service

Dr. McDonald Benjamin, was born at Coulisbistrie, Dominica on March 5, 1924. He died on October 23, 1989 in Washington, D.C.

He was the first born West Indian to take a PhD in Food Technology at the University of California Los Angeles, after first having graduated from the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad . He was the Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)/World Bank Program and ended his career at the World Bank as the Asia Division Director for Project Management Development of the International Fund for Project Development in Rome.

He authored the well-respected agriculture project development handbook titled “Investment Projects in Agriculture” — in Longman, London (1981). At his passing, Dr. Benjamin was Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States from 1986 to 1989.

His German-born wife, Hannelore “Angela” Benjamin, was later Dominica’s ambassador to the FAO. It is of note that Ambassador Hannelore Benjamin saw Adolph Hitler when Hitler visited her school. She was hit in the face for not giving the “Heil Hitler” salute quickly enough. Her father Ewald Sichmann was a supporter of Colonel Von Stauffenberg’s anti-Hitler plot Operation Valkyrie ( see – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Valkyrie) and barely escaped with his life. He was banished to the deepest part of the Dortmund area coal mines for six months and returned home after the war: blinded by his experience for several months.

Ambassador Benjamin’s son, World Bank economist Dr. Mcdonald Benjamin Jr. , was educated at Oxford University and Georgetown University. In recent years Dr. Benjamin Jr. has been the World Bank representative for Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. The Benjamin family has made enormous contributions to the Caribbean region, having distinguished themselves in the cause of economic development. Dr. Benjamin’s daughter Alessandra is a graduate of the University of Miami and has been an actress in Los Angeles.

Alessandra, Dr. McDonald Benjamin Jr. and their mother, Angela, are thanked here for being volunteers for, and supporters of, Rebuild Dominica (www.rebuilddominica.org) following the Hurricane Maria disaster. We commend them for their example and commitment to humanitarian and development service.

From the desk of Gabriel J. Christian, Esq. – President at Rebuild Dominica Inc.

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Portsmouth Community Watch Association Christmas Party

Rebuild Dominica is pleased to share some holiday cheer. Many thanks to  Jean-Marie Rayapen for providing a wonderful glimpse into the recent Christmas Party hosted by Portsmouth Community Watch Association with the leadership of former Mayor of Portsmouth Adenauer “Washway” Douglas.

The Christmas Party benefited the children of Portsmouth on our beautiful Nature Isle. It was hosted by the Portsmouth Community Watch Association in collaboration with our dear allies from the neighboring island of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

We invite you to view the full photo album online via the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsays-photography/sets/72157690547244334.

#DressDominica Hurricane Maria Relief Campaign

Rebuild Dominica, Inc has inspired many into action: both the young and more seasoned of the Dominican diaspora. One young Dominican is Samora “Sam” Christian, who successfully launched a clothing drive from her campus at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).

Sam is currently a senior at UMES and created the campaign in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Other supporters of Dominica sprung into action to support her campaign. She was able to fill and ship 4 full barrels of donated clothing items with the help of her parents, Gabriel and Joan Christian.

The young Christian shares updates on her blog for those seeking to support her #DressDominica campaign. Rebuild Dominica salutes this proud daughter of the soil!

Please visit Sam’s blog to learn more: https://www.3mmedia.co

Dr. Sam Christian Introduces Danny Williams

Rebuild Dominica Inc. features Dr. Sam Christian, our Coordinator of Medical Operations (on-Island), with his patient Danny Williams: a patient who lost 10 members of his family in Pointe Michel’s ravine during Hurricane Maria.

IMG-20171119-WA0001Williams was introduced to the RT. Hon. Penelope Mary Mordaunt, MP, British Secretary for International Development who was visiting Dominica over the past weekend with Prince Charles. Mordaunt, better known as “Penny”,  is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom who replaced MP Priti Sushil Patel.

Williams, like others who suffered tremendous loss from Hurricane Maria, is a Dominican receiving free medical care from Dr. Sam Christian.

Please join the official Rebuild Dominica Inc. Facebook group for more updates.