How to help Dominica and other islands after Hurricane Maria


Just weeks after Hurricane Irma ransacked the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria pummelled the region again.

Maria, the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall on Puerto Rico since 1932, devastated the island. It knocked out electricity and soaked towns. “It is nothing short of a major disaster,” Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said.

The storm also caused widespread property damage and power failures on other islands, including Dominica and Guadeloupe. So far there have been dozens of deaths reported across the Caribbean.

There are a few local organisations that have vowed to help in recovery efforts. Members of the public are urged to still do their research before donating via each given charity.

Firstly, is ConPRmetidos. While its main focus is on promoting innovation by connecting Puerto Ricans abroad to those on the island, this local non-profit organisation has also started a fund to help victims of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund was set up by the government of the island. An official call for help from the Dominica High Commission confirmed the Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit’s plea. Mr Skerrit appealed to nationals and friends of Dominica across the UK to mobilise efforts in obtaining resources to aid Dominica.

The government of Dominica is collecting donations through JustGiving, a crowdfunding website. The money will go toward temporary roofing, blankets and non-perishable foods.

There is also the GoFundMe website. The crowdfunding website maintains a list of verified campaigns, many of them local, collecting donations for victims of the storm. Donors can give to a campaign or directly to GoFundMe, which will then distribute the money to the campaigns.

In any case, the Charity Navigator helps grade national and global charities based on transparency and financial health. Be sure to check it for peace of mind, when donating.

TNT News

Photo Credit: Lt. Zachary West

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