T.S. Erika Relief Fund for Dominica
The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica officially recognises the following GoFundMe account: T.S. Erika Relief Fund for Dominca
The formal title of the fund is: Tropical Storm Erika Recovery and Reconstruction Fund for Dominica (but we are limited to 35 characters on GoFundMe)
Government of Dominca Approved Funding Sites
CDOA STATEMENT ON THE DISASTER:
The Commonwealth of Dominica, Ontario Association (CDOA) has a proud history of always being on the front line to serve and support Dominica. In this time of need, we take this commitment very seriously. We have launched this campaign to help Dominica to get back on its feet.
The damage the island suffered from flooding has been as bad, if not worse than damage inflicted by wind from far more powerful hurricanes. Ultimately, it is the loss of life and destruction of our island that serves as the true measure of our challenge. We offer our condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives, and pray for the safe return of anyone still missing.
We solicit your assistance to aid Dominica in its relief efforts. The dramatic and sudden floods that destroyed a lot of our Nature Island on August 27th, caused some of the worst flood related damage that Dominica has experienced. The damage is island-wide: from the Douglas-Charles Airport in Marigot to the Canefield Airport, near Roseau. From main roads in Layou to mountain roads in Petite Savanne, all of Dominica has suffered. Industrial output has been degraded due to damage to production facilities. Utilities such as water and power have been damaged extensively. Agricultural production has suffered a dire set back.
The rapid North American news cycle may move on to the next story but that does not mean you should. Dominica will continue to feel the effects of this disaster for a long time. We ask you to stand by Dominica as it starts and continues the process of recovery.
We will continue to update you with more detailed needs on the island as we get more information about the evolving restoration and recovery requirements in Dominica.
CDOA DECLARATION ON FUNDRASING ACTIVITY:
The CDOA already provides full and third-party auditing of its finances to the Dominican expatriate community it serves. We explicity commit that 100% of monies raised and supplies gathered, will be handed over to the official Government of Dominca Relief Team, and will provide documentation of such transfer to our donors (via the internet) and to our members (via routine channels).
1. Who we are:
- The CDOA is the largest representative group for Dominican expatriates in Canada. You may follow us on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/dominicaassociation) or bookmark our organization's website ( http://www.cdoaweb.com/).
2. Where we're from:
- The CDOA is based in Toronto, Ontario--reflected on both our Facebook page and website.
3. Our relationship to the parties we're raising funds for:
- The CDOA is raising funds for the country of Dominica, with the approval of the Government of Dominica. We have a link above that points to the government's website (Office of the Prime Minster), which identifies this fund as one of only TWO government-approved crowdfunding initiatives. The other (DARDA's) is in the US.
4. How the funds will be spent:
- In concert with the Government of Dominica, we agree to provide 100% accountability and transparency regarding the use of funds. The government is facing a deluge of needs and is attending to the urgent issues of evacuee resettlement and infrastrcuiture restoration. We expect our funds will be used to assist with a seondary set of needs. We stand ready to act when the time comes.
5. How you intend to get the funds to those in need:
- The funds will be delivered by the CDOA once the needs are clarified. This organization has existed for 40 years and sent money to Dominica, repeatedly, as a core part of its mandate.
Click on the following link to find out more about the Commonwealth of Dominca, Ontario Association .
We have been very successful in the collection of goods. We're pretty sure that the supplies we are sending--medical supplies, school supplies, building supplies, industrial equipment, tools and hardware, food, clothing, footwear and more, a lot of it new--will be well received and make a difference in Dominica. We have shipped three containers and expect to send a fourth.
Now we need to refocus on money! Dominica needs money because:
- Economic activity (industrial and commercial) tanked after Erika so both business and government revenues also took a beating. Payrolls have to come from somewhere, so we need to revive business activity.
- the government is the largest buyer in Dominica, but now needs to redirect considerable funds toward REBUILDING.
- Individuals who rely on agriculture have experienced a delay to the harvesting and sale of their crops so they are also experiencing several months without any cash.
- families have lost everything, or even all the newly purchased school supplies and clothing. Some of them have been displaced, entirely and need to start from scratch.
For all these reasons and more, we need cold hard cash to help jump start the Dominican economy.
Please make your contribution to this GoFundMe campaign We are still almost 1/3 away from our goal. Contact all of those whom you meant to reach and ask them to share your appeal.
We've done well with goods, let get the money as well. Thank you our donors, you are the best!
Jamaican Canadian Association, #dominica, #dominicastrong, #postErika, Fran Delsol
In honour and memory of Dr Eugenia Charles who died 10 years ago today on September 6th, 2005. Please help rebuild Dominca by lending your support by either donating funds to this campaign or by looking at update #13. It is back to school and some of you may have spare school supplies or know people who can donate supplies or clothing on the list.
Is there any update on this campaign and about current needs on the island? I am particularly interested in what's happening to the people of Coulibistrie. Thank you.
If anyone is looking for a credible NGO helping vulnerable families in Dominica please check out www.lifelinedominica.org. We are distributing goods in collaboration with Rotary, Red Cross and DEXIA as well as receiving donations from the US and UK. Just contact me for details. As the Relief effort turns into Recovery we are trying to bring non state actors together to coordinate our recovery efforts whether they be coordinating gifts of materials or tools or kind voluntourists bringing in things to give away in their suitcase and offering a day to paint someones house. Looking forward to hearing from you
Don't worry Dominica we shall rise again after god
Time to bounce back strong, rebuild the country, have faith guys and misfortunes should go away and the sun should come back!