Dominica

Status

Sovereign Nation

Member of the Commonwealth

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Population

74,000

Population Affected

100%

Lives Lost

27

Destruction

Struct. damaged: 90%

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Dominica was the first island to experience the brutal force of Hurricane Maria on September 19th. The entire country was devastated with significant loss of life and most structures all over the island damaged or destroyed. Officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, this 290 sq mile island is a sovereign island country. The capital, Roseau, is located on the leeward side of the island.

The island was originally inhabited by the Kalinago and later colonized by the French from the 1690’s, Great Britain took possession in 1763 establishing English as the official language. The island republic gained independence in 1978.

Known as the Nature Island, Dominica has beautiful lush mountainous rainforests, and is the home of many rare plants, animals, and bird species. Dominica’s economy depends on agriculture and to a lesser extent tourism.

The passage of this extremely strong hurricane has left the island with unimaginable damage,rendering it’s primary industry Agriculture destroyed. Like most residents of the Caribbean, Dominicans are used to the ravages of Hurricanes however they have never before experienced the impact of a storm of this ferocity. The recovery of this island will be significantly challenged by a lack of resources as well as the halting of it’s main industries and sources of revenue. As an independent nation the people of Dominica will have little choice but to rely on aid and assistance from the other Caribbean Islands and the International community in order to face the daunting task ahead of them.

Important Considerations

Ways to Help

There are many ways to help. There are cirtical needs that have to be addressed immediately. It is also critical to think of the long term work needed to help Dominicans rebuild a functional society . To give now below you will find a list of  charities and organizations that have been supplied from trusted local sources. Consider taking the pledge to stay connected to Barbuda and their recovery by committing to giving in the future so creating lasting impact. You can also commit to learning more and hopefully doing more about Climate Change and it’s impact on us all but particularly the most vulnerable places on earth.

Help people recover

Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund
Dominica desperately needs your support. Help the people affected by Hurricane Maria.
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Help animals recover

Rare Species Conservatory Foundation
RSCF has partnered with the Forestry Division on Dominica to protect and preserve the island’s incredible forests and wildlife–focusing on the island’s two endemic parrots.
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Help the environment recover

Rare Species Conservatory Foundation
RSCF has partnered with the Forestry Division on Dominica to protect and preserve the island’s incredible forests and wildlife–focusing on the island’s two endemic parrots.
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Make the Pledge.

To help these islands recover one of the most important things you can give is your long term attention. Take the pledge to stay informed about the recovery and needs of these special places. Any help now or in the future can make a difference. Also consider promising to visit the Caribbean soon. These islands all depend on Tourism to survive. You can even simply pledge to learn more and do more about Climate Change, that helps us all. Take the pledge, share it with your friends and make a lasting difference.