On September 18, 2017, Dominica, our once beautiful tropical island, rain-forest paradise, was devastated by Hurricane Maria with winds greater than 185 mph. Island-wide the majority of homes and businesses were partially or fully destroyed, (4 out of every 5 roofs were blown off) personal contents were smashed and saturated with rain and flood waters whilst families sheltered in bathrooms and under mattresses.
Cars and boats were smashed by flying debris and or carried away as rivers burst and the sea surged. Leaves, palms and bark stripped from the thick growth of rain-forest trees, the trees themselves broken, bent and twisted - the island is now brown.
In the aftermath our 70,000 people were traumatized, bereaved and shocked. Their life's work gone, their inheritance and future seemingly valueless.
The first four weeks have been about search and rescue -- people walking miles to a surviving radio station to announce they are alive anxious about food, water and shelter, many hoping that overseas relatives and friends can send survival items or arrange for tickets to get loved ones off the island.
Now, food stuffs and water remain hard to come by. Many to most will be with electricity for months and months. Homes will take perhaps years to repair or be rebuilt.
. . . in teaching values by example
. . . building sustainability not dependency
. . . loving the rejected
. . . that disability is not inability
. . . in being present in the hard times
. . . that children should be safe strong and free
. . . We Shall Rise
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Tina Alexander, Director
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