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UPDATED: Ferry Schedule from Dominica

L'Express des Iles, Dominica

Friends, please take note of the following L’Express Des Iles schedule:

Date Destination Departure
Monday 9th October Martinique / Saint Lucia 10:30 AM
Tuesday 10th October Guadeloupe 11:30 AM
Wednesday 11th October Martinique / Saint Lucia 10:30 AM
Thursday 12th October Guadeloupe 11:30 AM
Friday 13th October Martinique / Saint Lucia 10:30 AM
Saturday 14th October Guadeloupe 9:15 AM
Saturday 14th October Martinique / Saint Lucia 3:00 PM
Sunday 15th October Guadeloupe 11:30 AM


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Positive Notes from Positive People #16


From our inbox from Stacy Lusty:

Hello, I did this colouring to raise awareness in the UK of what is going on out there and for my grandfather who is still missing. I thought you might like to know that you’re all in our thoughts.

I made the parrot as vibrant as I can surrounded by the colours of your country, just like your flag.

Thank you Stacy!

By Hashtag Dominica

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Positive Notes from Positive People #15

Heartless Maria, Hector John

Heartless Maria

By Hector “Spags” John

Maria decided to go island hopping
and in Dominica first she decided to pop in
We all knew that she was coming in a hurry
But never expected her merciless fury
She placed herself over Dominica
And from there it was licks like fire
Wind and rain from every direction
Running to safety was out of the question
I don’t know who vex this woman
But she was on a destructive mission

Maria gave us a little break
And my door my neighbours slammed with desperate haste
Flickering lights I could see through my window
People moving around to a safe pillow
Then soon after the eye wall came
And Maria was roaring to a murderous refrain
People hearts were in their throats
Like they were on a capsizing boat
I don’t know who vex this woman
But the devastation of Dominica was her master plan

Maria was wicked and savage
And she was on a relentless rampage
Houses swaying from side to side
While zinc sheets flew around like paper kites
Maria was a boomerang shredder
Coconut trees she turned into feather
She kept everybody on their feet
Not even the toilet bowl was a stable seat
I don’t know who vex this woman
But she was blowing a deadly venom

Maria didn’t want to leave
And for hours Dominicans couldn’t breathe
Clocks were stuck in eternity
While she rapidly increase her fatalities
My visiting british cousin was so distressed
That he slept and snored on a half soaked mattress
Maria turned the lush green nature isle
Into a bare and gray rubble pile
I don’t know who vex this woman
But we bruised knees for the end of her

Dominicans welcomed the morning calm
But a mountainous island was flat like their palm
With Maria there was no discrimination
She left us a roofless nation
With nothing to wear and nowhere to sleep
Maria put us into a sudden deep
But if we hold each other’s hand
We will rise again and firmly stand
So let us put all hands on deck
To rebuild our Paradise that Maria wrecked.



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Positive Notes from Positive People #14


When you reach ZERO in a few hours you start to look for the POSITIVE in every little thing to keep you going. When you reach a landslide in the road you climb over or around it to get to the other side.

Little things like Sukies and Foxy baking bread again makes you excited.
When ONE POT Jason Jno Baptiste starts serving COLD drinks you feel like a dream come true.

When you see DOMLEC workers working and one by one places get electricity that is progress. When you hear people scream because water flows thru their pipes you smile. THANKS DOWASCO and your hard workers.

When you get blocked in a traffic jam because heavy equipment operators are clearing the roads you don’t mind. Because you happy someone else is gonna be happy.

When you see trucks and backhoes and bobcats in the city clearing up along with guys and gals with gloves and shovels you know they gonna have a dollar in their pockets.

When the banks and stores open up one by one you see the future progressing.
These things may seem small to others…. but you never know until you face the situation directly.

I give thanks for the daily progress and I thank every single one involved in the daily progression. From the little man and woman with the gloves and shovels all the way to the top.

Together we can, together we will, the road is not gonna be easy, it will be one of the toughest we will ever face and not many will be able to take the grind. But for those who CAN we are DominiCAN and we CAN do whatever we set our mind to.
I am DominiCAN.

Blessings to all.

By Emile Depooter


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Positive Notes from Positive People #13


More signs of progress:

I was able to swipe my NBD card on a purchase transaction yesterday.

Domlec is lighting up Roseau.

DOWASCO is restoring water services faster than you can spot the error with1n this sentence.

FLOW and Digicel are getting rid of cups and string in more villages with each passing day.

Quit the Hurricane David recovery period comparisons. The advancements in technology, industry and machinery which exist now didn’t exist then.

Repeat after me, “2017 is NOT 1979.”

Be patient. Slow is still moving.

By Natasha Amaya Alfred Nation


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Hurricane Maria Situation Report No. 4 from the United Nations


This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners in Dominica. It covers the period from 4 to 7 October, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 12 October 2017.


Blanket food distribution is ongoing and still required across the country.

Distribution and installation of emergency roofing supplies such as tarpaulins is needed.

At least 100 metric tons (MT) of food have been delivered as of 6 October, to meet the needs of about half the people in 80 locations/villages of the country (out of 100) for an average period of three days.5

Potable water in communities, health care facilities, shelters and schools is urgently required until all 44 water networks are repaired.

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United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, at joint press briefing in Dominica on October 8, 2017 (source: DBS Radio)

2,751 people are currently residing in 100 collective centers visited by IOM. The total number of displaced people is unclear as some collective centers have not yet been reached and an unknown number of people may be staying with friends or family.

Road access is improving throughout the island; however, there are limited vehicles available for delivery of relief items and clearance of solid waste.

$31 million needed for relief and recovery efforts in Dominica
Source: UN Flash Appeal

71,000 affected people
Source: UN Flash Appeal

65,000 people targeted for aid
Source: UN Flash Appeal

90 per cent buildings damaged or destroyed
Source: Aerial estimate by Pacific Disaster Center

Situation Overview

Three weeks after category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the situation is improving slowly; however, continued assistance is required to meet basic needs. Water and electricity services are returning in the main urban centers although periodic breakages continue to be reported, and much of the rural areas are without water. The Government reports that 100 per cent of communities have been reached with some sort of relief delivery; however, this does not mean that 100 per cent of the people have received individual assistance.

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, visit the Kalinago Territory (source: DBS Radio)

Food and safe water distribution remains a priority as the majority of commercial businesses remains closed and water supply systems have only been partly re-established. Foreign military assets assisted in the air and sea delivery of immediate relief supplies during the first two weeks of the response. Most have now departed as road access improved; however, deliveries by road are hindered by the lack of trucks.

The Government of Dominica has prioritized this week5 the continued blanket distribution of food and water, as well as emergency shelter materials. According to the Government, shelter assistance should be provided to health facilities, homes for the elderly, and people in collective centers to encourage people to return home and allow the buildings, including schools, to return to their original purpose.

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, meets with the Dominica Cabinet (source: DBS Radio)

As of 6 October, the Government, with the assistance of its partners and the WFP, had dispatched enough food aid to meet the food security needs of about half of the population located in over 80 locations/villages of the country (out of 100) for an average period of three days. 100 MT of food have been delivered so far, out of which 17 MT were High Energy Biscuits provided by WFP. WFP has also provided the necessary logistical support to ensure that most food distributions were accompanied with water. Some 89,000 liters of water have been delivered. Tens of thousands of people continue to require food and water assistance every day.6

As of 3 October, water supply had been restored to 10 water networks, including parts of Roseau water network. Authorities have warned residents that the water of Roseau city water network, although treated, is not safe to drink as there are breaks in pipes. The restoration of supply will free up trucks to provide water to other areas of the country. An assessment of 36 per cent of the 44 water supply systems across the country is pending.

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, meet the Kalinago Chief and the Parliamentary Representative for the area (source: DBS Radio)

The Roseau city sewage network sustained damage and raw sewage water is outflowing in several streets within the city exposing the population to serious health risks. A rapid assessment by Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO), USAID and UNICEF revealed that the technical, human and financial support required to ensure that sewage system becomes operational again is significant. A detailed assessment conducted by experts is needed.

At least 2,800 people are residing in collective centers throughout the country, including in primary and secondary schools. The Government has prioritized assistance to people in collective centers to support the quick return to their homes; however, equitable assistance should be provided to vulnerable families outside the shelters.


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Positive Notes from Positive People #12


Let’s talk about progress:

“…nature is not spent. There lives the dearest freshness, deep down things.”

Someone from Grand Bay was telling me about how they were still eating ground provisions.

Eh beh yesterday I saw a van with a “jaii” and a “pachay” plantain. I don’t know from where, but maysyayy look plantain to sell. Just a pity i was too busy to stop to buy.

On Friday morning there was also a van loaded with plantain and ground provisions on the Kings Hill bus stop.

I have gone across the island to Delices, inland to Giraudel, as far north as Macoucherie and as far south as the start of Soufriere, and I have seen some green areas that Maria probably decided were too precious to touch. I have also noticed endless waterfalls and areas where water just spouts from the ground and through mountain sides. We have a lot of underground water, and Dominica will be green again faster than is projected.

Take a picture of the mountains today and take another 7 days from now. The island herself is too resilient to allow her beauty to be stripped off by a hurricane.

Dominica, as an island, is progressing. Nature is never spent. The rest is up to us, the inhabitants of this beautiful island.

By Natasha Amaya Alfred Nation

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Local Heroes – IsraAID


“I was sitting in the shelter with 15 children. The wind came in slowly, but when it hit, it hit hard. We hid under a mattress and held it very tight, so we wouldn’t get hurt from the flying debris. The roof didn’t make it. We waited for the wind to calm down and ran to the next shelter. I was carrying the children through the wind…”

No one was expecting Hurricane Maria to be as strong as it was. Kealan, a member of the Disaster Committee, spent the days before the Hurricane preparing the shelters in his village, Morne Jaune in Dominica. Many of the shelters didn’t make it through the storm, so he spent the night running from one house to another, checking on the most vulnerable.

“At one point, I had to carry a disabled, elderly lady to a safe space after her house blew away, and trapped her in the debris.”

Kealan is very concerned about the coming period. The food supply they had is about to run out, and all their crops were devastated.

Kealan is working together with IsraAID emergency response team in Dominica, to meet the needs of his community members. More updates to follow!

Kealan is a local hero. Photo source: IsraAID

About IsraAID

IsraAID, founded in 2001, is a NON-PROFIT, NON-GOVERNMENTAL and APOLITICAL organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. For over a decade, our teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century.

In over a decade, IsraAID has:

  • Responded to crises in 39 countries
  • Reached over 1,000,000 people
  • Distributed over 1,000 tons of relief and medical supplies
  • Trained more than 5,000 local professionals
  • Mobilizes over 1000 staff, volunteers, and professionals (among them professional rosters from many different fields of expertise).

Supporting IsraAID’s campaign to raise funds for Dominica here.



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IsraAID on the Ground in Dominica after Hurricane Maria


IsraAID is a non-profit NGO, founded in 2001. Their team is committed to providing long term support and disaster relief all over the world. For over a decade, our teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century.

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Photo source: IsraAID

Dominica, a beautiful island in the Caribbean, is now facing its biggest disaster in 38 years. The category 5, Hurricane Maria, which hit Dominica on the 19th September has caused extreme and widespread devastation.

IsraAID’s team is now on the island with water engineers and medical professionals. They are working in the most remote villages providing medical care and water filters, including training on how to install and use them.

We thank our partners the Beverly Foundation and Rosalie Bay Resort.

IsraAID Dominica
Photo source: IsraAID

About IsraAID

IsraAID, founded in 2001, is a NON-PROFIT, NON-GOVERNMENTAL and APOLITICAL organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. For over a decade, our teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century.

In over a decade, IsraAID has:

  • Responded to crises in 39 countries
  • Reached over 1,000,000 people
  • Distributed over 1,000 tons of relief and medical supplies
  • Trained more than 5,000 local professionals
  • Mobilizes over 1000 staff, volunteers, and professionals (among them professional rosters from many different fields of expertise).

Supporting IsraAID’s campaign to raise funds for Dominica here.


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Secretary-General of the UN to Visit Dominica

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit hurricane-ravaged Dominica on October 8. The purpose of his trip (also include Antigua & Barbuda) is to survey the damage and to assess what more the Organization can do to help them recover.

On October 4, the Secretary-General spoke at a press encounter, at the UN headquarters in New York and urged all countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change “with greater ambition.”

Below is a transcript of that press encounter, published on the United Nations website, including questions put forward by members of the press.

PRESS ENCOUNTER – New York, 4 October 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you very much for your presence and it is indeed good to see you again.

As you know, we are coming off a jam-packed High-level week and opening of the General Assembly.

Some of the most important speeches during that period came from the leaders of Caribbean nations reeling from back-to-back hurricanes.

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda reported that the entire population of Barbuda had been left homeless.

The Prime Minister of Dominica declared that he had come to the United Nations “straight from the front line of the war on climate change”.

Today I am announcing that I will travel on Saturday to Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica to survey the damage and to assess what more the United Nations can do to help people recover, visiting of course also the operations that are taking place there.

When I met them last month, I was struck most of all by a prevailing message from all the Caribbean leaders – including from the hardest hit countries.

Yes, they said, we urgently need support today.

But even in the wake of utter devastation, they urged the world to act for tomorrow.

As I said in my address to the General Assembly, we should not link any single weather event with climate change.

But scientists are clear that such extreme weather is precisely what their models predict, and they predict it will be the new normal of a warming world.

I would like to share some relevant data about what we are seeing.

First, some facts about this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Irma, which devastated Barbuda, was a Category 5 hurricane for three consecutive days – this is the longest on satellite record.

Irma’s winds reached 300 kilometres per hour for 37 hours — the longest on record at that intensity.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma marked the first time that two Category 4 storms made landfall in the United States in the same year.

And, of course, they were followed by Hurricane Maria, which decimated Dominica and had severe impacts across Puerto Rico.

Dominica after Hurricane Maria
The historic Roseau Public Library two days after Hurricane Maria © 2017 Yuri A. Jones

It is rare to see so many storms of such strength so early in the season.

Second, some facts about the changes in major climate systems.

Sea levels have risen more than 10 inches since 1870.

Over the past 30 years, the number of annual weather-related disasters has nearly tripled, and economic losses have quintupled.

Scientists are learning more and more about the links between climate change and extreme weather.

Climate change is warming the seas. This, in turn, means more water vapor in the atmosphere. When storms come, they bring more rain.

A warmer climate turbocharges the intensity of hurricanes. Instead of dissipating, they pick up fuel as they move across the ocean.

The melting of glaciers, and the thermal expansion of the seas, means bigger storm surges. With more and more people living on coastlines, the damage is, and will be that much greater.

Scientific models have long predicted an increase in the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes. This is precisely what is happening – and even sooner than expected.

To date, the United Nations and its partners have provided a variety of humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean region by air and by sea: 18 tons of food; 3 million water purification tablets; 3,000 water tanks; 2,500 tents; 2,000 mosquito nets and school kits; 500 debit cards for cash assistance; and much else.

We have launched appeals for $113.9 million to cover humanitarian needs for the immediate period ahead.

I commend those countries that are showing solidarity with the Caribbean countries at this time of dire need, including those doing so through South-South cooperation.

But on the whole, I regret to report, the response has been poor. I urge donors to respond more generously in the weeks to come.

The United Nations will continue to help countries in the Caribbean to strengthen disaster preparedness, working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

We are strongly committed to helping small island states and, indeed, all countries to adapt to inevitable climate impacts, to increase the pace of recovery and to strengthen resilience overall.

Innovative financing mechanisms will be crucial in enabling countries, like the Caribbean ones, to cope with external shocks of such significant magnitude.

We know that the world has the tools, the technologies and the wealth to address climate change, but we must show more determination in moving towards a green, clean, sustainable energy future.

Once again, I urge countries to implement the Paris Agreement, and with greater ambition.

That is why I will convene a Climate Summit in 2019, as you know.

But today and every day, I am determined to ensure that the United Nations works to protect our common future and to seize the opportunities of climate action.

Thank you very much.

Dominica after Hurricane Maria
Many streets in the capital Roseau looked like this one after Hurricane Maria © 2017 Yuri A. Jones

Questions and Answers

Spokesman: Maggie and then Edie.

Question: Secretary-General, good morning. Margaret Besheer, “Voice of America”. Secretary-General, a follow-up on what you just said about climate change. You say it’s the new normal, these storms and… and also we’re seeing drought. So, what can the UN do specifically? Could you start a climate change task force or a special CERF (Central Emergency Response Fund) just to mitigate the effects of climate change on some of the smaller island nations? What actions can you take? And if you’d indulge me on a… one other question, next week, President [Donald] Trump will decide whether to certify whether Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal from 2015. He’s indicated, perhaps, that he won’t. Other world leaders have weighed in on it, and I would just like to ask you your opinion on what should be done and how important this deal is to international security.

Secretary-General: Well, first of all, the most important thing is to do everything possible to stop the changes that we are witnessing in relation to climate patterns, and this is, of course, related to emissions. That is why the Paris Agreement is so important, and that is why we need an enhanced implementation of the Paris Agreement, because the Paris Agreement in itself is not enough. And this is something in which we’ll be mobilising the whole international community. Second, it’s very important to build resilience in the areas that are more dramatically impacted, and we have… we are working with different Caribbean organisations and others around the world and with World Bank in order to make sure that we are able to provide assistance in relation to that and, of course, funding is essential. Many of these countries in the Caribbean are middle-income countries. They have no access to concessional finance, and they now having external shocks of huge dimension.

I remember when Jordan and Lebanon were impacted by huge refugee inflows. They were finally entitled to receive concessional loans by the World Bank because of the fact that they had these huge external shocks. I think we are facing a similar situation. That is why I’m appealing for innovative financing mechanisms able to support these countries that clearly are too small to be able to have the solution of their problems but just by the normal access to financial markets. And, on the other hand, we will be working hard in relation to the immediate response to this humanitarian crisis. We have already, for instance, in Dominica 40 members of the staff of different UN agencies, and we are doing everything we can to support these countries to be able to face the challenge. There will be… there is, at the present moment, the preparation, two post-disaster assessments, done together by the World Bank and the UN, both in Dominica and Barbuda. So, we are very actively working both in relation to the immediate response to the present situation and to prevent further shocks both by climate action and building resilience.

© 2017 Yuri A. Jones

In relation to the nuclear agreement with Iran, we have said time and time again that we can see that it was a very important breakthrough from the point of view of global peace and security and that we strongly hope that that agreement will be maintained.

Spokesman: Edie?

Question: Thank you very much, Mr Secretary-General. On the climate issue, two questions. First, the Prime Minister of Dominica said that he wanted to be the first country that would build back better and climate resilient, climate resistant. What can the UN do to promote this? And are you considering an overall donors’ conference for the affected Caribbean countries to actually help them build back better?

Secretary-General: I think we need several fronts. First, the assessment we are doing with World Bank that will be presented to the Government of Dominica. Second, it’s very important to allow Dominica to have access to innovative forms of finance in concessional conditions, because, as I said, it’s very difficult for these countries to rebuild just by having access to normal capital markets. Third, we need, obviously, donor support, but we need that donor support to be linked both to the humanitarian response and to the plans that, based on the assessment [that] will be made by the Government, in order to make Dominica an even more resilient country in relation to future storms of this nature. So, there are several areas, and the UN will be very active in all of them and in all of them cooperating with the government. We have already had… we have a donor conference that is scheduled, and we’ll be working according to the needs in relation to all the fronts I mentioned.

Spokesman: Sherwin.

Question: Thank you, Secretary-General. The more we talk about the Paris climate change agreement, the more we begin to understand that it wasn’t enough. We constantly hear you talking about the need to upscale ambition. Was this a failure of the international community to agree to something that was seen at the time as a panacea for… in terms of mitigation? Was this a failure that they didn’t go far enough, given the fact that scientists are now telling us that the ambition levels in the current agreement is not going to be enough to mitigate climate change?

Secretary-General: No, it was clear from the beginning that that was not enough, but that was an extraordinary step forward. So, the Paris Agreement is, indeed, the best foundation for the future. Countries are asked to make their own commitments, as you know, and it was clear from the beginning that those commitments will need to be enhanced in order to be able to have a growth in the temp… rise in the temperatures below 2 and, if possible, at 1.5. If one looks at the Paris Agreement as it is, we’ll probably reach about 3 degrees. So, it’s clear we need more, but this was clear from the beginning. And what is important is that the Paris Agreement is the solid foundation to allow us to have the ambition to go further and to make sure that we do not have a warming of the planet at the catastrophic levels that would happen if we’d just move on as we are.

Spokesman: Evelyn.

Question: Mr Secretary-General, Evelyn Leopold. There’s an elephant in the region called the United States, which is withdrawing from the climate agreement and the administration denies that climate change even exists. What kind of an impact do you think it has on the region?

Secretary-General: I believe that what we are witnessing [in] the US society in relation to the reaction of some states but also cities, business community is such, and I would quote my Special Envoy on cities and climate change that recently said that he believes that the US commitments to Paris will be met independently of the Government decisions by the efforts that he is witnessing in the US economy, in the US society. As I said, governors, mayors, business leaders make Mike Bloomberg be very optimistic about the possibility of the US to meet its commitments. Last question?

Question: Thank you. Mr Secretary-General, following… following up with Evelyn’s question, have you have a chance to share these comments on climate change with President Trump or perhaps her daughter… his daughter?

Secretary-General: It is clear that there is a different perspective on this issue. I have not yet lost my hope that what is happening will be making those that are still sceptical about climate change to be more and more realising that this, indeed, is a major threat for the international community at the present moment. Thank you very much.

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UWI Open Campus Dominica – Operating Hours


A message from the UWI Open Campus Dominica:

UWI Open Campus Dominica will be open on weekdays beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

We urge students to drop in within the above times to discuss the way forward following Hurricane Maria.


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O Banga Musical Tribute to Dominica – “Pray For Us”


New York based, Dominica born musician, producer and artist – O Banga – has released a song and music video as a tribute to those lost in the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

The song begins on a somber note, using a sample from a well-known Dominican traditional folk song. The video features our beautiful flag numerous times interspersed with clips of the artist and footage of our hurricane ravaged country.

Thank you O Banga for this tribute.


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Beware of Leptospirosis after the passage of Hurricane Maria

Leptospirosis, Dominica

Public Health Message from the Ministry of Agriculture:

Please be advised that Leptospirosis is a major health concern after the passage of Hurricane Maria. This disease is zoonotic in nature (can affect both humans and animals; and can be spread between animals and humans).

Rats are on of the main vectors of Leptospirosis. Cans should be washed before use, water should be stored in closed containers, do not eat fruit and other food off the ground without washing, wear appropriate shoes when walking especially in mud puddles, monitor pets and feed them clean water. Be aware of rat droppings on be ground and in your environment.


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Cleanup Related Equipment and Jobs Available


Cleanup related equipment and jobs are available through the Ministry of Public Works.

To anyone and groups of individuals, seriously interested in cleaning up communities following the passage of Hurricane Maria, call (767) 275-3608 to reach the Ministry of Public Works.

You can request equipment and those involved in organized cleanup will be PAID.


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Positive Notes from Positive People #11


I spent the latter part of my day assisting with the delivery of water to the west coast community of Mero.

By Khadijah Moore

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Positive Notes from Positive People #10

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When you step out of your destroyed island to take your brother to somewhere with better prospects for fulfilling educational goals, and see the outpouring of love and support across the region it’s really heartwarming.

I’ll be back in 3 days Dominica…but in the meantime know that the Caribbean region is with you.

By Trudy Christian

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Positive Notes from Positive People #9


Those who are staying to rebuild, those who have left and are doing what they can from their location to help …THANK YOU.

By Sharlyne Philogene

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Water Filtration Treatment Plant in Checkhall

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The Dominica Red Cross has set up a Water Filtration Treatment Plant which pumps 5000 liters of potable drinking water at Checkhall.

The public is advised that they can access the taps from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily.

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The General object of the Dominica Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate suffering with complete impartiality, making no discrimination as to nationality, race, sex, religious belief, class or political options.

  • To act in case of armed conflict, and prepare to act on behalf of all war victims, both civilian and military.
  • To contribute to the improvement of health, the prevention of disease and the mitigation of suffering.
  • To organise, within the scope of the national plan, emergency relief services for victims of disasters.
  • To recruit, train and assign personnel for the discharge of its responsibilities.
  • To promote the participation of youth in the work of the Red Cross.
  • To disseminate the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and International Humanitarian Law in order to develop the ideals of peace, respect, and understanding amongst all people.


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ITNAC in Dominica to Provide Medical Services

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‘Is There Not A Cause?’ in a Trinidad-based NGO, formed in 2002, and they’re in Dominica to lend medical support and to provide relief to patients after Hurricane Maria.

The team will be here until Saturday to provide clinic services!

Please feel free to visit them at:

  • Upstairs the Goodwill Parish Hall from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • They will be carrying out visits in the neighboring communities between the hours of 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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‘Is There Not a Cause?’ (ITNAC) is a registered, Non Profit, Charitable Organization, comprised of volunteer Doctors, Nurses, Technicians, Manual Laborers, Administrators, Carpenters, Masons and General Helpers.

Our mission is to help those persons who are confronted with challenging and unfortunate situations, to touch lives and where possible, help to empower such persons in the communities.


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A Precious Commodity – UNICEF


It’s been exactly two weeks since Maria made her unwelcome appearance in Dominica, destroying or damaging close to 90 per cent of homes and other buildings, stripping away roads and triggering landslides, which cut off several inland communities in the mountainous 266 square-mile island.

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UNICEF provides water to Dominicans after Hurricane Maria

This morning residents in the community of Loubiere are collecting water from UNICEF tanks which have been providing the precious commodity to a large percentage of the over 1,500 residents living in the community. There is plenty of water from the river but residents are fearful of drinking or even bathing in it for fear of contamination.

“We are very thankful for this water. We can never get enough,” says Rosemund Leurvin, shelter manager at the Loubiere Resource Centre, which is housing 52 people from the community. Included in that number are 15 children and three babies.

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UNICEF provides water to Dominicans after Hurricane Maria

UNICEF Eastern Caribbean remains committed to responding to the needs of Eastern Caribbean children and families affected by by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

About UNICEF Eastern Caribbean

The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is located at the UN House in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Programmes of Co-operation with the governments of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.


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