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    Weʼve raised £5,495 to support and rebuild Castle Bruce, Dominica, after Hurricane Maria

    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 12th December 2017

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    Hurricane Maria caused immense devastation to the entire island of Dominica on 18th September 2017. 100% of residents are severely affected. Most buildings are damaged; 90% of homes are uninhabitable. Many homes, including my own, were completely destroyed beyond repair. All power and communications lines are down outside the capital city of Roseau, which is a fragment of its former self. My community of Castle Bruce, home to about 1300 residents, lies on the east coast and really bore the brunt of the hurricane. It is also fairly isolated from the more populated districts, where relief appears to be more available. Food, basic hygiene products and medical supplies are in short supply. This is a rural community that is heavily invested in agriculture and was once able to feed itself. The hurricane destroyed all crops and now people are going hungry. Aid is coming but is slow and insufficient, considering the scale of the disaster and that many other neighbouring islands are also hurricane-afflicted.

    We need your help!

    We are gathering urgent supplies for the community of Castle Bruce, including water, food, medications, building materials, seeds, clothing and other essential items such as candles and diapers/nappies.

    The people of my village are very strong, resilient and self-motivated. If provided with the materials, they will rebuild their homes and community themselves. The vast majority of villagers exist on very low incomes and really need support to care for their families and get their lives back on track. With your help, I aim to raise £20,000 to ship a container of much-needed supplies to the people of Castle Bruce, Dominica. Any funds raised above my target will be spent on rebuilding my own home and housing volunteers to assist with community rebuilding projects.

    Below you can see images of our home before the hurricane, what remains after and some other images of the devastation along the east coast of the island.

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    • Sian Jones10 months ago
      Sian Jones

      Sian Jones

      10 months ago

      Three barrels containing food, healthcare products, radios, solar chargers, batteries, clothing, dog food and baby items have been shipped and are due to arrive in Dominica any day now to be shared between 8 families. The logistics of shipping a container of supplies are too complex and costly so the remaining funds will be divided between 4 families to rebuild their homes (my family being 1 of those). Thanks to all for your support! Please keep donating and sharing before the deadline so we can maximise the purchasing of building materials.

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    • Sian Jones1 year ago
      Sian Jones

      Sian Jones

      1 year ago

      Not long left... so close to £5k! Thanks all! This covers the cost of the container (to become a hurricane-proof emergency supplies storage) and shipping, leaving £1600 to spend on 2 generators, a bunch of solar lanterns/chargers, mosquito nets, blankets, personal hygiene products, seeds and non-perishable food. It'll be tight seeing as we've not raised more, but I'm hopeful of my requests for discounts and donations in kind from companies. I've also rallied friends & family to donate functional handtools and children's clothes, books & toys <3

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    • Sian Jones1 year ago
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    Page last updated on: 12/9/2017 6:48 AM

    Supporters

    86

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 9, 2017

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 5, 2017

      Good luck, Sian. Thinking of you, your family and your community in Castle Bruce.

      £30.00

    • Rachel Charlick

      Rachel Charlick

      Dec 1, 2017

      Wishing you all the best x

      £20.00

    • Ruth Walton

      Ruth Walton

      Nov 22, 2017

      I visited Castle Bruce in 2013 and was hosted by the Wiltshire family. Amos and Sylma made us feel so at home, and his sister Juliana was the inspiration for my children's book Juliana's Bananas.

      £125.00

    • Kristof Horompoly

      Kristof Horompoly

      Nov 16, 2017

      I wish you best of luck in rebuilding! Stay strong!

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 10, 2017

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you

      £30.00

    • David and Vicky

      David and Vicky

      Nov 7, 2017

      We cannot imagine the fear and worry you and your fellow islanders have gone through. We know you all have the spirit to rebuild your lives.

      £50.00

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    Sian Jones

    Sian Jones

    Birmingham, United Kingdom

    I fell in love with sweet Dominica in 2011 & chose to make it my home, living in the peaceful rural village Castle Bruce. I built Eden Heights eco-guesthouse, now totally decimated by Hurricane Maria, and am a co-founder of the Family Tree Permaculture and Homesteading Community.

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