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Hurricane Maria Relief for Dominica

$57,277 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 326 people in 5 months
Created September 20, 2017
This fund is hosted by the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ontario Association (CDOA).

The CDOA is a non-profit organization that supports the goals and objectives of residents of Ontario who are of the Commonwealth of Dominica origin or descent, and work to promote Dominican culture, and the betterment of Dominica. 
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THIS CDOA HURRICANE RELIEF FUND IS THE ONLY ONE IN CANADA APPROVED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF D0MINCA.
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"The strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in Dominica"

Hurricane damage is not a linear thing. 
- at category 3, it is 50X the category 1 damage 
- at category 4, it is 250x the category 1 damage;
- at category 5, it is 500x the category 1 damage!

Dominica suffered about 30 known fatalities, many people are still missing, and there were numerous casualties across the island. There has been extensive damage to the country's infrastructure, its business capacity, and educational institutions.

Dominica desperately needs your very generous help! 

The funds that you contribute will be directed toward a number of specific causes--educational, health and community development. We will work with the Government of Dominica to clarify those needs. 

We will use funds as we have done before to pay for shipping containers of supplies--we get preferred rates but there is always cost involved. As we did for TS Erika, we shipped three containers of high-value tools, equipment and supplies, to help individuals across the country to re-establish their livelihoods. We hope to do the same, and more, again. Our second container has been dispatched and we are working on a third.

Please give all that you can.

Updated: October 23 2017

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Thank you to all of our supporters. You really are true friends of Dominica, and believers in its recovery. We want to notify you of two big events that are coming up.

The first is going to be a Gala here in Toronto, hosted by the CDOA. Despite Dominica's current hardship, its beauty still burns brightly within us. Dominica's culture and heritage will take center stage, in support of its recovery efforts. Look for more details to come from the CDOA in the next few days.

The second is a big Dominica relief concert to be held in New York City. Dominica's prolific musical talents will come together in a benefit event--A Moment of Solidarity For Country. It will be held on November 5, at Club Amazura, in Queens, NYC, and coincide with Dominica's national independence.

We need these events and more. With about 40 dead and 51 of 76 schools still not available to the students, Dominica has a long way to go. The telecommunications and power people are doing a fantastic job restoring services but in some cases, it is almost like building anew.

We know that all parts of Dominica are hurting and we share your pain.

Thank you for you support. Please continue to spread the word.

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In response to Dawn Xanklin's question, a perfectly valid one...the CDOA's history is one that should give you comfort, even as we do not yet have a full answer for you, about the use of Hurricane Marie funds. The government is still overwhelmed just trying to get the island back on its feet.

As is normal, we work with the Government of Dominica to disburse any monies that we collect. We have in the past used the monies to :

> Acquire essential tools and equipment to help individuals get back on their feet economically;

> We acquire schooling supplies to be distributed in bulk across the island;

> We, unfortunately, also have to pay freight to ship the supplies we collect. Although we have always negotiated good rates and gained shipping concessions, there is always some cost to bear.

> Beyond that, we have used funds to acquire and replace essential medical equipment, which may be necessary again, given the damage to the hospitals.

As a matter of public record and responsibility, the CDOA always publishes financial summaries about the use of money that it collects.

You may visit the organization's Facebook page and its website at https://dominicaassociation.com/.

The CDOA is proud the have been service to Dominica for over 40 years. We thank you for standing with us, and ask you to share this call for help with your entire community.

Thank you.
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Thanks to all of our donors. We still have a long way to go. Dominica needs our help!

If you have not seen this video, it provides a good sense of what the aftermath of a Cat 5 hurricane is like. "It's as if a bomb went off!" That is so true and the same holds for every town and village. It starts off slowly but is well worth it.

We're all busy and people forget sometimes. Reach out to your friends. Remind them to give.

Thanks again.
Hurricane Marie, the Day After!
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Some aerial footage of the ravaged Dominican landscape. The island is pretty much roofless right now, in addition to flood and water damage.
Bad news as feared, from a Cat 5 storm.
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