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Rebuild Dominica Hurricane Relief

$16,555 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 13 months
Created September 20, 2017
On 18 September the island of Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The island needs our help right now!

Hi all,

We are two a friends who have been working in Dominica for well over a decade. We have been studying sea turtles with Errol and Marcella Harris of the Dominica Sea Turtle Conservation Organization, supporting a growing whale watching industry, conducting research on sperm whales through The Dominica Sperm Whale Project, teaching kids about marine science through the Floating Classrooms program, and enabling the next generation of local managers and conservationists.

It was with great disbelief and sadness that we all watched Hurricane Maria force its way through the island on Monday night.

While phones, internet, power and water are out, we have heard bits of news delivered by ham radio that the small island has been devastated by a storm that intensified rapidly.   Footage from a recent flight over the island shows destroyed homes, blocked roads, landslides, and fallen trees everywhere.  

Many of the schools we have worked with over the years have had their roofs torn off. Houses of our close friends and businesses of our collaborators have been destroyed, and the roads are blocked. 

Right now we urgently need to supply materials and equipment to clear roads, build shelters and start helping those who have lost everything...but hope. 

Please give whatever you can, we will use the funds to purchase building supplies and practical equipment to begin the rebuilding process - like tarps and chainsaws.

Our friends at Dive Dominica have boats safe on St Lucia and are ready to take supplies back to Dominica.

We hope to help enable the recovery of individuals and organizations that we have worked so closely over the years.

Please help us!

Thank you,

Jake Levenson, Marine Biologist, Boston, MA, USA

Shane Gero,  Founder The Dominica Sperm Whale Project, Ottawa, Canada
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Many of the organizations we work with in Dominica have lost everything. The sea turtle patrol huts are gone, the main buildings for the Dominica Sea Turtle Conservation Organization are badly damaged, The Achorage Hotel and Castle Comfort Lodge/Dive Dominica - the spot by which many accessed a lot of Dominica's natural beauty in the oceans from the whales to the reefs - are devastated. And yet, Dominicans are Strong! Daniel Perryman worked with our team to deliver supplies to communities and people on our mission. Rebuilding is slow and the need is great. And our team will be there as it moves forward, and we hope you will be too.
Rosalie Sea Turtle Hut After Maria
Anchorage Hotel Post Maria
Daniel P. at Dive Dominica post Maria
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Thanks to all those who help us get supplies down to Dominica and those on the ground helping to distribute them. This is the first of our missions and we hope you'll help us build towards more. The needs are still dire in Dominica and we will continue this mission with your help
The offload team in Dominica
Loading supplies in St. Lucia
loading in St. Lucia
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The team has left Dominica to resupply in St Lucia to head back to Dominica again in a couple days
Fires burn debris along the coast of Dom
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We have also managed to deliver dog food on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
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Raised by 126 people in 13 months
Created September 20, 2017
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