Dominica Disaster Relief Fund

Only two weeks after Category 5 Hurricane Irma slammed into the island of Dominica, the island suffered a direct hit by Hurricane Maria on September 18 and 19. The small island of only 72,000 residents saw sustained winds of up to 160 miles per hour, which devastated Dominica’s already weak infrastructure.

Dominica was still recovering from the damage of Tropical Storm Erika in 2015, which left billions of dollars in damage in its wake. With the most recent arrival of Hurricane Maria, the island is facing a long and difficult road to recovery — but the current focus is on securing safety, shelter, food and water for the island’s residents. In a Facebook post a few hours after Maria first hit, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote, “I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating… indeed, mind-boggling.”

In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop initiatives that offer ongoing assistance in the medium and long-term so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses and restore their livelihoods.

TRF is currently in communication with its local partners to evaluate needs and identify areas for collaboration in affected communities.

If you would like to contribute to Dominica disaster relief efforts, please visit our donation page.

 

Cover photo: “Aerial view of part of Roseau, the capital city of Dominica, 20 Sept 2017” by DFID – UK Department for International Development, licensed under CC BY 2.0