Help Elvis Rebuild In Dominica

Dominica was among the islands hardest hit by Hurricane Maria in September 2018, yet it has received some of the least international media attention in its aftermath. The storm resulted in more than two dozen casualties in this country of 73,000, with others still counted missing.

With one quarter of the homes on the island completely destroyed (and many more seriously damaged and presently uninhabitable), the United Nations has identified housing as the single greatest need faced by the residents of Dominica.

Elvis Stedman is a tour guide from Laudat, the highest-elevated village on the island, and one of many Dominicans whose homes were leveled by Maria. His winning personality and enthusiasm for sharing his country with others can be seen in "Elvis Journeys to the Boiling Lake, " an episode of LargeUp TV produced by myself and Martei Korley during a visit to Dominica several years ago.

Since the storm, Elvis has assisted in emergency relief efforts, while living in the basement of a friend's house, which was also badly damaged. Tourism on the island is completely at a standstill, meaning little if any paid work for the foreseeable future.

All proceeds from this GoFundMe will go directly to Elvis to assist him in rebuilding his home and village, as well as establishing a shelter at his grandparents' house, where nine residents displaced by Maria have taken up residence since the storm.

—Jesse Serwer,
Editorial Director

See more here about the housing crisis in Dominica here.

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Jesse Serwer 
Brooklyn, NY
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