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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,...

A Teacher’s Care – UNICEF

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The sacrifices of teachers often go unrecognized. On September 18th when disaster struck and Hurricane Maria swept through Dominica, it left Grade 2 Newtown Primary School teacher, Samantha John Phillip, marooned in her own home. In the aftermath of the storm she struggled to get essential medication for her loved ones. Despite these immense challenges, Samantha’s dedication to her students...

PSA from Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division

The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division would like to inform the general public that all sightings of the Mountain Chicken (Crapaud), Sisserou and Jaco Parrots should be reported to the Forestry office located on Valley Road, Roseau, opposite the new Grammar School between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM or call 285-8353, 285-4286 or 265-0908.    

Happy to be back! – UNICEF

Shequanda (left) and Shanese are two of the 750 Dominican students back out to school this week. On Monday October 30th, 2017, 6 weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island of Dominica, 20 schools re-opened their doors to welcome back students. For Shequanda and Shanise, Grade 6 students of Newtown Primary School, the reopening of school has been a...

High-level Conference to mobilize resources for hurricane-ravaged CARICOM States coming in November

PRESS RELEASE - Monday, October 30, 2017 — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold a High-level Donor Conference on 20-21 November at UN Headquarters in New York to mobilise international resources for its Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This initiative is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the...

Dominica Post Hurricane Maria Update #2

Roseau, Dominica (November 1, 2017) – In the wake of the passage of Hurricane Maria some six weeks ago, Dominica is continuing its efforts to bring daily life back to a state of normalcy while conducting ongoing assessments of the damage incurred and the resources needed to Build Back Better! Independence Celebrations Plans are in high gear to celebrate the island’s 39th...

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