On the evening of September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria relentlessly lashed the Nature Island for several hours into the night. This catastrophic category 5 storm completely destroyed the once-beautiful country, leaving thousands without shelter, electricity, clean water and food. There were about 40 deaths and others unaccounted for as they are still missing.
Although relief agencies are providing as much assistance as possible, it will clearly be years before Dominica is restored to her former ‘Garden of Eden’ glory.
As I had relocated to Canada in 2016, I watched and listened via social media to the horrific events that unfolded that night, and was completely shocked by the aftermath as residents recounted their traumatic experiences and described their profound losses. As aerial photos appeared online, it was hard to believe that the apocalyptic-like landscape was actually my beloved adopted country.
Most certainly, I am doing what I can for my island ‘home’. I will be in Dominica from January to March 2018, if health and safety issues are stable. It is my intention to volunteer my skills to contribute to the recovery and restoration of this unique land. Be assured that I will be posting about my experiences in a new blog linked to this one.
As of November 2017, Ti Domnik Tales is now an historic blog about my life on Dominica between 1997 and 2016. Please continue to enjoy my musings from those unforgettable years. It is hoped you will follow my related updates once I am back on island as a volunteer citizen who now resides overseas.
If you wish to donate to assist in the ongoing recovery/rebuilding process on Dominica, you will find numerous aid sites online. I recommend the International Red Cross, as well as the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association (CDOA), a very dynamic and proactive Toronto-based organization that has been providing assistance to Dominica for many years. As well, many of the local hotels, businesses and villages described in this blog have GoFundMe or similar campaigns to assist all in dire need.
Sincere thanks for your interest in Ti Domnik Tales, and Dominica by extension.