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Andrew Needs a Home

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Raised by 18 people in 11 months
We were new volunteers in Portsmouth, Dominica.  We were accepted with open arms into the community. Our lovely neighbor Andrew is a farmer. He didn't have much, only a few clothes and a simple shack.

Almost every evening, after coming home from a hard days work on his farm, he would see our front door open and bring us mangos, avocados, passion fruits, and plantains.  He was always so happy to share his wonderful bounty with us. In turn, we would offer him passion fruit drinks and he would humbly accept a glass on a hot afternoon. 

Andrew's shack, and all it's contents, blew away in the storm (Hurricane Maria).  Andrew stayed with neighbors and thankfully so because he wouldn't have made it in his wooden home.  Andrew has been living in the shelter at a nearby primary school.  Please help to rebuild this dear man's home.  He is a simple man who deserves a comfortable place to call home.  Anything helps and is much appreciated.  Much love, Christine and Paul
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Hi everyone, I am so happy to report that we spent the last five days in beautiful Dominica. If you were wondering why it took us so long, it's because we were not allowed to go there due to the poor conditions of the road and the fear that evacuation would be a problem. They still have a lot of rain and occasional landslides. Once we got the all clear, we went.

The first thing we did was look for our old friend and next door neighbor, Andrew. He is still living in a shelter (almost one year later!) and really it is just a room in the women's center. He shares it with another man and I think they sleep on the hard floor--it wasn't made to be a shelter. Still, he is full of smiles and positivity. He is thankful for life. He was happy to report that the ministry is going to build him a one bedroom home where his other one used to be.

He told us of his harrowing story of how he was in his house but fled right after the storm started because it started shaking. He hid in the carport of our house until the roof flew off and then he hid under the stairwell. He said he saw many galvanized roofs fly by and spark across the ground amongst other things. At one point he made a break for it up the stairs and was able to find shelter in our home. He is a survivor alright and it sounds like it was a terrifying night for him. Our landlord and her friend joked that his house was already "retired" so it was no surprise that it just flew away in the wind. He literally lost everything he owned. He said he has been trying to get his farm (in the mountains) going but recovery from Maria has not been easy or quick. At the moment, he is very excited and clearing his land for his new home as well as a new personal garden.

He was very humbled when we gave him the money and told him all about you, who don't even know him, and were gracious enough to donate to him. It was a large sum of money in Eastern Caribbean currency and he will be able to buy many things for his new home and new garden.

I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Dominica is a special place with very kind and friendly people. We were amazed how many people remembered us and were happy to see us after we only lived there two months. It was so nice to stay in our old apartment, to walk the streets again, and go to the Saturday market with our landlord, Valerie. There is a lot of rebuilding and recovery and still a long way to go. We heard many stories about that tragic night along with thankfulness and determination to recover from Maria. It's been a long road and still some people on the island are still without power and some people have blue tarps for roofs.

We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to have lived there and who knows, maybe we can live there again. You just never know what life could bring. In the meantime, thank you again. You made a huge difference in a very kind man's life.

As for the photos. We are standing in front of where Andrew is currently staying at the women's center. The other photo is of the land where Andrew's house used to be. You can see the posts that his house was on as they are still sticking up from the ground. Andrew says he will send us a photo of his new home once it's completed. He's next on the list in Portsmouth so hopefully it will be soon.
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Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to report that our landlord was in St. Lucia today and we were able to give her some of the money for Andrew in cash. He's still not ready to rebuild and is waiting for help from the government. Thankfully, he is on their list so it's a matter of time. We are hoping that someday in the near future, we can go to Dominica (there is currently a ban on volunteer travel from my organization there). It's a slow process but it will happen. We can't wait to give him the rest of the money and take a photo of him next to his new home. Again, thank you for donating to this lovely man.
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Hello everyone and thank you for your donations and patience. I know it's been months but remember, we operate on island time around here. Last night we spoke with our landlord and she said Andrew is still living in a shelter. He IS on the list for the government to build him a shell of a house!!!! That is very exciting news. I imagine the money that was donated will go to plumbing, electricity, furnishing and some clothing as he lost everything he had. Our landlord says there are more building supplies coming onto the island and more rebuilding these days. Still Dominica is suffering and in a bad way. We hear many reports that people are becoming depressed due to lack of jobs, no electricity, lack of money for food, and homes that need to be rebuilt. It's going to take a very long time to get Dominica back to where it was. Still, we, as Peace Corps Volunteers, have a ban on traveling there but we are hoping to be able to return as soon as it is lifted. If Andrew needs the money before we can bring it to him in person, we will wire it to him. He's just not ready as yet.

Again, on Andrew's behalf, thank you so much!!! You made a big difference in one generous man's life.
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A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far. I heard from our landlord that Andrew is still living in the shelter at Paul's school. He is in good spirits and helping others as usual. It is going to be a great day when we get to help Andrew. We are still raising money and no amount is too small. Thank you so very much!!!
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