Posted on October 16, 2017
What will we do with $50,000 ... (or $80,000, or $100,000)
Do you know how expensive it is to fix a roof? Do you know the cost of a metal compactor or PET plastic shredder? Do you know what it costs to create jobs to get the economy back on track?
Our first round of relief, which I escorted back on the Flying Buzzard, was light building supplies and food for families we knew were struggling or in dire need. Feeding families now seems like the easy part, because money goes a long way, and you can find ways to feed people long enough that they can think about what else they need to do for life to go on, rather than constantly worrying about their next meal or where they will find drinking water. We were able to help feed over 60 families and the Home for the Aged (and disabled) with the first round of provisions!
Now we are focusing our efforts on the things that will help Dominica, and Dominican's now and in the future by creating sustainable jobs, sustainable housing (hurricane proof) and sustainable food practices.
We are working on a budget to determine how best to allocate the money we currently have raised, and a plan all the funds should our goal be reached in a timely fashion.
Projects we are trying to fund:
Roof for Possie Vibes Radio Station
Roof & repairs for pre school in Portsmouth
Roof for Portsmouth Library (and restocking of books)
Metal Compactor for metal debris (galvanized roofing / cars / etc)
PET Plastic Shredder / Recycling Stations
Community Food Garden (Toucari)
... this is just the short list.
Since I will be making a trip off island at the end of the month, I will be collecting physical donations (of books, clothing, food, tools and building materials/ supplies) the next update will include an address where these items can be shipped and where they will be stored until I arrive in St Lucia November 20. I will be escorting all the donations & materials n a privately chartered boat back to Portsmouth to insure their delivery and correct distribution and proper set up.
If you couldn't tell a lot of logistics / planning goes into each of these decisions and execution, which has been difficult to do without internet and power, but thanks to help from family and friends in the USA we've been making it work so far! Tomorrow we are meeting with the Rotary club to see how working together we might be able to reach the goals for the plastic & metal recycling centers faster and get things into action efficiently !
Thank you again for your donations, support, love, faith assistance and patience as we help Dominica heal!
Kayla & Richard