On August 27th, 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island of only 289 square miles in the Caribbean, was hit by Tropical Storm Erika, resulting in widespread catastrophic damage and death.
Twenty people are confirmed dead and others are still missing. Damage to homes and local businesses has left hundreds homeless and many without a means of income. Many major bridges were destroyed and the roadways have been rendered impassable. Access to essential services including communications, electricity and clean water has been severely disrupted.
To compound matters, the main airport on the island was severely damaged, keeping much needed supplies from getting to those who so desperately need relief.
Hubert Winston, President of the Dominica Marine Association, is appealing to the international marine and yachting communities to assist them in any way possible. For yachts interested in bringing in supplies such as diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, bottled water, non-perishable food, dry food, school supplies, battery operated lamps, batteries, personal hygiene goods, and more, please notify the Dominica Marine Association before entering port (Roseau or Portsmouth) so all Custom duties will be waived once you arrive.
Those of you that would rather send in monetary donations, can do so from the Crowdfund link below:
All proceeds from this fund-raiser will go directly to the Dominica Red Cross, the Dominica Marine Association water taxi efforts, and to the Office of Disaster Management.
NOTE: Peter Anthony, Director of Ondeck Antigua, has agreed to take the 65 ft. yacht Spirit of Juno to Dominica on Friday, which is to be loaded with various donated goods. If you would like to help you can drop goods at this location: Ondeck Antigua, Compton Building, Dockyard Drive. Please note as the yacht has a specific weight capacity, heavy liquids/goods may not be accepted.