So tough for our friends in the villages of Delices and Boetica. The longstanding Boetica Bridge collapsed in the storm two months ago. It was basically a metal culvert in the bottom of a very deep gorge which was then filled with stones and had the road built on top. Erika filled the culvert with debris and the river backed up and then broke what was essentially a dam. This is not an easy fix and the residents have tried various strategies to get across as vehicular access is out of the question.
This week this video (see above) went viral around Dominica where usually sane mothers took to the cargo wire and zipped across taking their lives in their hands. NO helmets, safety harness or safety wires! Balmy - but it shows what life has come to for these folks who are essentially trapped . It is very difficult to get groceries in or produce out, and a long climb down and up again for the tough. There are complaints that there is not much information forthcoming about the plans of the Government who are hoping that the Prime Minister with think of something or find a wealthy engineering friendly country to fix the problem whilst he is on his travels welcoming his baby girl into the world.
Most of the secondary school children are out of the village staying with friends and relations near to their schools and are separated from their families and normal environment. We have had some funds sent to us and have reached out to these families to make sure that the children have their uniforms and toiletries for school and to provide social support where possible.
Adult pampers are an expressed need and so we were able to source some from the Rotary Club and swing them over on the Pulley for Molly , 100 years old this year!
Lifeline Ministries Dominica
3 Munro Street
Goodwill / Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica
Tina Alexander, Director
Tina Cell: 767-235-8367 (also What's App)
Office Cell: 767-275-8367