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Answer this question correctly and your name will be entered into a draw to win a copy of one of my photo-books, 'Majestic and Magical: Come Explore the Nature Isle'. To participate, please leave your answer in a comment below.  When was this photo captured? BEFORE or AFTER the passage of Hurricane Maria? This contest will run for one week (it...

“The Only Woman I Could Not Handle” – Poem by Monelle Alexis

*This poem contains strong language and words that may offend. Please be guided accordingly. Thank you! The Only Woman I Could Not Handle I wanted her.  Everything about her captivated me.  Her slow strides, the size and shape of her eyes.  How she commanded attention everywhere she went.  She was the object of my attention.  Irresistible. So compelling, I gave my last in preparation for our union. Just...

Forestry Division Staff Praised for Commitment to Clean-up Efforts

The Botanic Gardens in Roseau, Dominica, was once known as the finest botanical gardens in the Caribbean Region. It was severely damaged by Hurricane David in 1979 and was devastated once again by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Here are a few photos of the Botanical Gardens from the day after Hurricane Maria (September 19th, 2017): Since then, staff of the...

How to Deal With Debt After a Natural Disaster

Taking care of your financial health after a natural disaster is one of the most important household priorities. One of the main concerns arising after Hurricane Maria is the service of existing debt along with the accumulation of more debt. It will not be easy addressing these concerns and frustration may ensue. For those unemployed, it is imperative to...

Positive Notes from Positive People #33

Post Maria Experience: The bus stop was empty, it was becoming dark, it was drizzling, many mosquitoes were out to play and there were 12 persons at the bus stop without roof needing to get home. After several minutes and mosquito bites, here comes a bus with the back seat filled with goods and only 6 seats available. The words and...

Positive Notes from Positive People #32

In Roseau today! First time that Roseau has felt normal. We drove right into Roseau no hold ups truly like normal! I even managed to get into Astaphan's car park no trouble. It is the first time town has felt remotely normal. We are very luckily in our friends place using the WiFi, they have electricity and it is so nice...

New ‘Emergency Cash Transfer’ Program – UNICEF

UNICEF Eastern Caribbean is pleased to announce that earlier today we signed a Program Document with the Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs (MoSSFGA) in Dominica for the implementation of an emergency cash transfer program to support the immediate needs of 6,000 of the most vulnerable children affected by Hurricane Maria. The Program is part of a partnership between...

The Region Must Adapt to Climate Change – CARICOM Secretary General

New York, United States (November 21, 2017) – Resources the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mobilizing to support reconstruction of hurricane ravaged Member States is intended for them to build back smarter and better, against the existential threat of climate change. Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that intention was in “full knowledge that we are into a new era,” when...

130,000 Seedlings Planted in Dominica Since Hurricane Maria

Roseau, Dominica (November 21, 2017) – The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is supporting the work of the OECS Commission’s Agricultural Unit to help redevelop Dominica’s food production sector which was left decimated with the passage of Hurricane Maria. To date in excess of 130,000 seedlings have been planted in Dominica with many having been distributed to the island’s...

Voluntourism with Hibiscus Valley Inn

Persons or groups interested in helping to rebuild Dominica after the passing of Hurricane Maria can book packages with us in our beautiful Nature Bungalows, only 12 minutes drive from the airport. What you get The package includes: Pick-up from Douglas Charles Airport (if you're coming in via the ferry, you'll be charged USD $45 per person) Three meals a day...

Scuba Voluntourism in Post-Maria Dominica

Love to scuba dive? Want to help out with hurricane relief? Cabrits Dive Center and Keepin’it Real are collaborating in Toucari Debris Dives, a scuba diving voluntourism project focusing on cleaning the marine reserve in northwest Dominica. A large amount of tin roofing and other materials was blown into the Caribbean sea during category 5 hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017. Two of the best dive sites in Dominica, located in Toucari,...

Voluntourism Packages Now Available

Roseau, Dominica (November 10, 2017) – Discover Dominica Authority is pleased to announce that two voluntourism packages are now available. Persons interested in assisting with the recovery and rebuilding efforts following the passage of Hurricane Maria, can now book packages directly with Cobra Tours for restoration of one of Dominica’s premier tourist attraction sites – The Indian River. Cool...

Fort Young Hotel Set to Re-Open After Hurricane Maria Devastation

Roseau, Dominica (November 17, 2017) – After experiencing devastation in the wake of Hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017, Fort Young Hotel, Dominica’s largest hotel, is planning to reopen January 15, 2018, with 41 of its 72 rooms available for booking. In addition to the 41 rooms, many of the hotel’s core amenities, including its pool, Warner’s Bar and one of...

Get Dominica Green Again – IsraAID

Eight weeks after Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean island of Dominica, life is slowly getting back into a routine! After supporting the re-opening of schools - 60% have now opened - we now want to help make Dominica green again! Here, the IsraAID team helps school children plant crops in the school garden to ensure that in six weeks, fresh...

Positive Notes from Positive People #31

Calibishie recovery. Hills are green again, gone are the brown skeletal tree remnants, the wind tortured brown earth. After two months the surrounding forests are noticeably lush once more. No matter what blows we get, this is one of the Caribbean islands, her regenerative power can never be diminished. DOMINICA STRONG! By Jacoway Inn  

Rebuilding Strategy is ‘Underway’ and Country Showing ‘Great Resilience’

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October 16, 2017 – Less than a month after the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the streets are being cleared, utilities returning, people are going back to work and a degree of normalcy in daily lives is returning. That’s the view of Mohammed Asaria, co-founder of Range Developments, a company that specializes in developing luxury hotel projects in...

Range Developments Fully Committed, Work on Cabrits Resort Kempinski to Restart

Saturday, September 28, 2017 – The directors and staff of Range Developments wish to express their support and solidarity with the people of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Its own development, the Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica, situated on the north shore of the island near Portsmouth and still under construction, stood firm as the hurricane passed through...

Ross University School of Medicine to Relocate Temporarily to Knoxville, Tennesse

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - More than 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) plan to relocate temporarily to Knoxville, Tenn. to continue their program of study after Hurricane Maria damaged the medical school’s home country of Dominica in September. Currently, students are completing their fall semester medical sciences curriculum on a cruise ship ported...

Calling All the Kids! – UNICEF

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In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, IsraAID and UNICEF are collaborating to provide safe space for children. While impressively, over 30% of schools in Dominica have already reopened, many students - particular those in remote areas - have yet to return to school. One such area on the East coast of Dominica is Rosalie. The management of Rosalie Bay Resort has...

Child-safe Tents at Rosalie Bay Resort – IsraAID

This week, IsraAID's team together with local partners, set up child-safe tents to provide educational and stress-relief recreational activities for local children. The Caribbean island was hit by Hurricane Maria last month, and our team continues to provide medical care, shelter materials, water, sanitation and hygiene solutions, and mental health support to the affected communities. About IsraAID IsraAID, founded in 2001,...

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