Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Hope reigns in Dominica as Digicel restores and rebuilds

Lorna Dubique stands proudly in front of her house with a newly renovated roof.

Lorna Dubique stands proudly in front of her house with a newly renovated roof.

Lorna Dubique's house stood without a roof for six months.

One of the many homes in Dominica that suffered from the wrath of the category 5 hurricane Maria in September 2017, hers was ripped off by the powerful winds, damaging the contents of her home and literally leaving she and her children without a roof over their heads.

Six months later, Lorna has her roof back and can now, for the first time since Maria, reunite her family under one roof. 

 Digicel came to her rescue.

The company committed to helping the 'nature isle' following hurricane Maria with a promise to rebuild seven schools and 360 homes.

Activities range from repairs to full rebuilding, dependent on the conditions of each school.

The objective is to rebuild the schools and homes of the parents and children attending those schools and for the work to be complete by the end of June.

To support local capacity building, Digicel also committed to train 100 community members in building techniques and provide community workshops on risk mitigation and disaster preparedness to 70 adults and 300 school children in collaboration with the ministry of education.

This commitment builds upon Digicel's expertise in supporting school infrastructure in other geographies, including Haiti, and represents an expansion of its existing work.

The work is being done through Digicel's Clinton Global Initiative action network on post-disaster recovery.

Take a look at our images to see the progress for yourself.

 

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