30 September 2017

(Dominica) – Captain Derrick Mitchell, Salvation Army officer, reports that his team arrived in Dominica on Thursday and that they have been working with supplies brought over from St. Lucia.  They are staying with Rev. Novelle Josiah of the Methodist Church in Dominica.

Captain Mitchell stated, “The devastation here is tremendous we have 3 persons in our team, Captain Sandra Mitchell, SS Vitus Fanus, and myself.” “We brought over two pallets of food along with a pallet of water from St, Lucia.”  He and his team, along with congregants from the Methodist Church, were able to create nearly 150 grocery hampers.

They then went and visited with a number of persons living in Roseau, as well as visiting the districts of Canefield , Fancole , Masaccio and Mahoe. They also met with residents of Layou (St. Joseph) and went into Portsmouth in the north of the island.

On Saturday they distributed food, water, and hygiene supplies in the north east of the island that had received no assistance since the hurricane hit. This includes the Kalinago Territories (indigenous Caribs) and Marigot.  The devastation on that side of the island is total and the indigenous people are trying to help each other to rebuild.  They are in great need of tarpaulins and blankets.  They complained that they are left out of everything and it has been this way for years.

On Sunday, Captain Mitchell preached at the main Methodist Church in Roseau and then the team distributed food in Bath and Layou.

TSA Barbados will continue to work closely with partners as they determine their short-term and long-term response to this tragedy.

To support The Salvation Army's relief efforts in the Caribbean, please direct your contributions to The Salvation Army, 3 Waterloo Road, PO Box 378, Kingston 10, Jamaica, WI - Attention: Emergency Disaster Services or direct the funds to the following…

Name Of Account:    The Salvation Army Donation Account (Savings)
Account Number:      936476
Bank Name:              The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd
Bank Address:          The Corner of Duke & Port Royal Street
                                  Kingston CSO

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 130 years in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Territory serves sixteen countries throughout Caricom including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.  More than 60 thousand persons receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army has served survivors of major disaster since 1900.

Tags: Emergency Disaster Services, Front Page News