Dominica Erika Disaster Relief – You can help…

Dominica Erika Disaster Relief – You can help…

Deja Vu fm supports the Dominica Erika Disaster Relief.

We have come together to help those affected by TS Erika. Saving Dominica is EVERYONE’S Business!

Why Indiegogo? Indiegogo empowers a small island like Dominica to activate the global community to make this disaster relief happen by helping spread the word.


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This campaign is to aid in disaster relief efforts in the Commonwealth of Dominica due to Tropical Storm Erika slamming Dominica with torrential rains causing unprecedented floods on the Nature isle on August 27th, 2015.  A Measured 12.64 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Our goal is to provide immediate relief of food, clothing, and rebuilding efforts. Flooding has affected all 10 parishes on the island. It has been reported that four fatalities have been confirmed to date; we offer our condolences to their families and pray that this number doesn’t rise. It’s no surprise that the flood victims are faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their lives, and reclaiming their livelihoods. We are in solidarity with you all!

Tropical storm Erika caused several deaths; triggered unrelenting rain, widespread flash floods and landslides destroying thousands of homes, schools, bridges, farms and roads.  Access to food appears extremely difficult in many areas, limited drinking water and little shelter. Substantial parts of villages such as Petite Savanne and Good Hope have been affected by landslides.  Hopes have been swept away, some with their occupants.  Even the capital Roseau did not escape the damage.  The Roseau River flooded its banks and destroyed property and infrastructure.  Farmers have lost their crops and livestock.

Families in the affected villages are now facing the daunting task of rebuilding.  We are committed to assist them.  There are enough of us who, together, can collect our small contribution and make a significant difference.  Families, children and animals who have survived now have nowhere to go. They are being surrounded by fast moving water, mud and unstable soil conditions.   Bridges have been  destroyed and roads are still submerged and generally unpassable.  The lack of communication and emergency transportation have isolated families from food, clean water and shelter. Many areas are still completely cut off by high waters or damaged roads. Massive Help is required to get to devastated areas, dig out homes and to reach those in need. We extend our hand in support with the local aid groups and NGO’s currently helping at those affected areas through the diaspora. We ask you to join us and contribute to alleviate the pain of our brothers, sisters and children.

What We Need

Your gift will support Dominica Disaster Relief, enabling us  to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters like Storm Erika.

Relief ItemsWe need a range of relief items, including comfort kits with hygiene items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, flashlights, batteries, trash bags, cold-weather essentials (gloves, blankets, hand-warmers) and shovels.

  • Matches, Duct tape, Scissors
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Bed Sheets /Blankets
  • Towels/washcloths/wipes
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves/Rubber boots
  • Tools/supplies for repairing homes
  • Clothing, hat & sturdy shoes for men, women and children of all ages
  • Household liquid bleach/cleaning supplies, 

Non-perishable Foods – Easy-to-prepare items

Canned meats, fish, chicken, beef or deviled ham. Canned  vegetables, fruits , soup can make a stand-alone meal. 70,000 gallons of bottled water. Pasta, oatmeal and rice, boxed mixes of soup, pasta and rice, ready-to-eat dry foods such as breakfast cereals.

Contact/Drop off Locations for above items :

United States 

Brooklyn: C.O.D.I.A.  Alma Joseph-Carette 917-892-2435

Bronx: C.O.D.I.A.  Ria Williams  917-239-1753

Texas: D.H.A.  Colette St. Rose  713-775-1025

Illinois: Chicagoland Area –Dr. Peter St. Jean  716-603-0992

South Florida: Alex Bruno (561) 577 – 6742/

New Jersey: Angela Sylvester 

United Kingdom 

London: Dawn Joseph



Dominica: Athenia Benjamin  – 767 285 7774

Any good shipped to Dominica Red Cross should be accompanied by a packing list and letter stating this is a donation towards disaster relief operations for TS Erika. Goods should be consigned to the following address – : Mrs. Kathleen Pinard-Byrne, Director General, Dominica Red Cross National Headquarters, Federation Drive, Goodwill Commonwealth of Dominica Contact# 1-767-448-8280 / 616-1300. Once again, thank you for your assistance.P.S. Dominica consulate at 800 2nd Avenue NY NY will have barrels picked up or deliver to that address. 

The Impact

Your contribution will make a significant  difference. The only way we can reach this goal is if you take the initiative to donate today.  

  • Many families have lost their homes and need shelter
  • Many need clean drinking water and Non- perishable food
  • Many need clothes, shoes, school supplies, school uniforms
  • Volunteers and medical staff needed.
  • Emergency provision of relief items like tents, tarpaulin, medicine, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, sleeping bags and so forth.
  • Counseling for those who has suffered great loss and at schools
  • Providing assistance to orphanages and those elderly who live by themselves.
  • Renting of helicopters for the delivery of disaster relief items to those victims which are now inaccessible by land due to road damage, the collapse of bridges, and  landslides. 
  • 4X4 Pick up trucks to help deliver aid to remote areas (Military Hummers would be great) for assessing the condition in those areas in order to evacuate the injured 
  • Engineers to inspect safety of buildings and roads to prior to citizens returning to disaster areas



The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has established an account at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank to receive contributions in support of its recovery and reconstruction efforts following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

The account details are as follows:

United States Dollars (USD)

Federal Reserve Bank (NY)
ECCB’s account number at the FED: 021083695
FFC Government of Dominica account 310301005

British Pound Sterling (GBP)

Bank of England
ECCB’s account number at Bank of England: 40920003
FFC Government of Dominica account 310301005


Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt
Favour: Crown Agents Bank
Account No: 9608217
IBAN: DE35500700100960821700
ECCB’s Account Number at Crown Agents: 33792403
FFC Government of Dominica account 310301005

Canadian Dollars (CAD)

Bank of Canada
ECCB’s account number at Bank of Canada: 30641-1
FFC Government of Dominica account 310301005

Eastern Caribbean Dollars (XCD)

Government of Dominica BIC code GVDMDMDM
For Government of Dominica call account 310301005

Risks & Challenges

In every effort to remain transparent and distribute equitably People value your transparency. Be open and stand out by providing insight into the risks and obstacles you may face on the way to achieving your goal.

  • Every dime we raise will go to the people of Dominica.
  • Based on the needs of those impacted we as a team will decide where the biggest needs are and allocate the money accordingly.
  • A detailed outline of funds and distribution will be made available to the general public.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that money’s tight and not everyone can contribute to the cause financially. It’s just as important to get the word out about #helpdominica so if you could share this fundraiser with your family, friends, coworkers, organizations you work with/for, people whom you do business with everyday. You can also help  spread the word about this campaign by sharing our Facebook, instagram and Twitter posts. We would be eternally grateful! 

If you think you can help us out in any other way or you’re particularly skilled in a way which you think could help us, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. We’d love to hear from you.