Facts About Our Work in Dominica
The Caribbean island of Dominica is in recovery mode. Hurricane Maria made landfall as a powerful Category 5 with sustained winds of 155 mph on Sept. 18, 2017. The massive hurricane caused catastrophic damage island-wide, two years after Dominica suffered a devastating blow from Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015.
In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 28 tractor-trailer loads of items to serve basic needs such as healthcare, products for community development and educational supplies. In response to Hurricane Maria, Food For The Poor shipped an additional 70 tractor-trailer loads of the following items:
- Nonperishable food.
- Two-burner liquid petroleum gas (propane) stoves.
- Commercial-grade and standby generators.
- Five-gallon buckets with cleaning supplies.
- Rebuilding supplies, such as lumber, nails, zinc panels and tools.
Food For The Poor works with primary partner R.E.A.C.H (Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound) who is helping to distribute these much-needed relief items to storm victims. The charity also donated a heavy duty forklift capable of lifting entire empty containers to help reduce congestion at the port and unload aid faster.
The first fishing village established by Food For The Poor in the Eastern Caribbean in the town of Castle Bruce on the east coast of Dominica survived the storm. It is the largest settlement in St. David Parish with a population of nearly 1,400.
In 2016, the fishing village was equipped with four fiberglass boats with 40 HP motors, which are shared by a team of 16 to 28 fishermen. All of the fishermen received engine maintenance training. In addition to the boats and motors, the village has been equipped with coolers and a freezer, a locking storage shed, fishing tackle and safety equipment, GPS finders, depth finders, and a gear shed to house all the equipment.
In 2016, Food For The Poor began working with an orphanage in Dominica, which is a part of the organization’s Angels Of Hope program. The children are receiving shelter, loving care and an education.
In 2014, Food For The Poor implemented sanitation, poultry and school expansion projects in Dominica.
- The Dubique Sanitation Project removed dangerous pit latrines and installed flush toilets in the homes of families living in the rural mountain community of Dubique.
- Food For The Poor established a poultry project for families living within the Carib Indian Reserve. The poultry provides these families with a self-sustaining source of protein.
- Food For The Poor provided St. John’s Academy School with building material for a school expansion project.