Facts About Our Work in Dominica
Food For The Poor has established its first fishing village in the Eastern Caribbean in the town of Castle Bruce on the east coast of Dominica. It is the largest settlement in St. David Parish with a population of nearly 1,400.
The fishing village has been 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.
Food For The Poor is building a stationary store on the campus of St. John’s Academy School, which is located in Dominica’s second-largest town of Portsmouth. Currently, parents have to travel more than 50 miles to the capital city of Roseau to buy basic school supplies. The campus store will have pens, pencils, composition books and other basic school supplies for students to buy.
As of August 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 21 tractor-trailer loads of items to Dominica. These shipments included goods to serve basic needs, healthcare, food, products for community development and educational supplies.
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. Five children are receiving shelter, loving care and an education.
In August 2015, Dominica suffered a devastating blow from Tropical Storm Erika. The storm caused flash flooding and deadly mudslides. Home to more than 71,000 residents, the small island was not prepared for the nearly 13 inches of rain that fell on Dominica in a very short period of time.
Food For The Poor shipped 12 tractor-trailer loads of relief items that also included Gifts In Kind donations from partner organizations Feed My Starving Children, which donated cases of pre-packaged rice meals and Matthew 25 Ministries, which provided six pallets of hygiene kits.
Food For The Poor works with primary partner R.E.A.C.H (Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound) that helped to distribute these much-needed relief items to storm victims. Food For The Poor also provides schools in Dominica with educational supplies and building materials for expansion projects. Many of these items, which were stored in the distribution center in the capital city of Roseau, were destroyed in the flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
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.