On Monday September 18th Hurricane Maria made landform on the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean as a category 5 with windspeed of 160 mph. The island lies south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its area is 750 km2 (290 sq mi) with a population of about 72,301 at the 2014 census.Gaia’s Essence has created this relief campaign to directly support the communities affected in Dominica. As of October 2nd 2017 the seaports have re-opened and we are preparing to start shipping the relief items to Dominica.
Aerial footage posted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency showed scattered debris and what appeared to be widespread damage across the island. Officials confirmed fatalities and said they expected the toll to rise as rescue teams get to more communities which have been cut off. “The main general hospital was badly damaged and patient care has been compromised. Gaia's Essence's founder, Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison, is Dominican and her parents, siblings and extended family have had their homes damaged and their lives tragicly impacted. Our campaign is to help assist those affected by the storm by getting the supplies directly to those in need without impedance. We are currently gathering all our resources to send relief as soon as ports are open. Your monetary donations will be used to purchase and ship those the items needed. You can donate below or send any questions to DA@gaiasessence.com
All the relief items collected as well as the donations received will be distributed over a period of time utilizing our Hurricane Maria phase system.
Phase 1 - Food & Supplies
The following is a list of items we are collecting. If you are in the NY and would like to participate please contact us for a local drop off point in your area. Water Purification tablets, First aid kits, Medical supplies, Mosquito repellent, Mosquito nets, Toothpaste, Tooth brushes, Energy drinks, Adult under garments, Rice, Flour, Canned food, Dried Beans, Diapers, Wipes, Laundry detergent, Soaps, Deodorant, Coffee, Tea, Pasta,
Phase 2 - Technology & Communication
Once the basic needs of the residents are taken care of we will be implementing the second phase. Equipting them with the most modern and environmentally sustainable tools to survive with mother nature. Dominica has an abundance of sunshine and so solar powered equipment will be implemented heavily in this phase. LED Flash lights, LED lamps, Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D), Crank & Solar operated radios, Solar phone chargers, Solar battery packs,
Phase 3 - Rebuilding and Construction
This phase will be implemented with the necessary funding to assist in getting buildings inspected and then professionally advised on the necessary building code updates. if you are a building engineer, construction workers and contractor would like to donate tools or your expertise please contact us for more details. Power Tools, Plywood, Generators, Wheelbarrows, Tarpaulins, Nals, Solar panels, Roofing supplies,
Phase 4 - Community & Education
The 4th phase will be the rebuilding of the educational institutions like resource centers and the local public library which were tragically destroyed. These community institutions will be stocked with books, tools and equipment to enhance the general population and children’s learning experience on the island. If you are in the educational sector and would like to be a part of the task force please contact us for details.
Phase 5 - Ecology & Environment
Dominica is one of the top biodiverse islands and has been a World Heritage Site for over 20 years. These global sites are officially recognized by the UN for their scientific, educational and cultural significance for all humanity. Hurricane Maria destroyed the natural environment which directly collapsed the eco-tourism industry the island built over the last 15 years. The Ecological & Environmental regeneration phase includes working with a team of Environmental Scientists, Biologists, Geologist and Engineers to create environmental planning and management systems for reestablishing a more sustainable eco-tourism sector.