Facts About Our Work in Dominica
The Caribbean island of Dominica continues to rebound and rebuild after Hurricane Maria made landfall as a powerful Category 5 with winds more than 155 mph on Sept. 18, 2017. The massive hurricane caused catastrophic damage island-wide. More than two years after the storm, as life on the island returns to normal, Food For The Poor is committed to helping families in need in Dominica.
In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 10 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 has shipped 94 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
The building materials supplied by Food For The Poor have been used to repair 12 churches and eight schools. Materials were also distributed to help families repair their homes damaged by the hurricane.
Food For The Poor works with primary partner R.E.A.C.H (Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound). 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 a children's home 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.
The population is approximately 74,000 residents. The language is English and Catholic is their largest religious denomination. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar and the GDP per capita is $11,000.