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The Pioneer Preparatory School suffered a great loss, when the river that ran near by overflowed and left mud, debris and damage to the school. This school, shared by local and international students, is known for its academic excellence and is scheduled to open very soon, however, it will be delayed as it is in a disaster area and very poor condition.

Road to the Pioneer Preparatory School

Damaged Done to the Pioneer Preparatory School by the passing of Tropical storm Erika includes:

  • The road leading the school was blocked with large boulders and debris.
  • Pedestrian access to the school is compromised. The pedestrian walk on the bridge is damaged. There is debris on both sides of the road, which would mean students who walk to school or to the bus stop would have to walk along the busy highway.
  • There is a lot of dust in the area, which poses a health hazard to the students and teachers. Persons with respiratory illnesses would be at high risk.
  • The school building’s structure is solid however there is need to clean up. Dust and mud need to be removed. The entire building needs to be power washed.
  • The drains around the school are all blocked. If it rains, any water from the guttering would cause a flood on the compound.
  • Chidren need an area to play. The playground is currently unfit for reacreation activity. It is covered in mud and debris from the river.
  • The fencing around the school was damaged; students are able to wonder into the streets and pedestrians fee to enter the compaunt at any time. Security is compromised.
  • The river bed was raised significantly as a result of sedimentation. This increases the risk of future flash floods.

Materials Lost or Damaged as a Result of Tropical Storm Erika:

  • Books: chapter books, books for young children, story books, poetry books.
  • Puzzles
  • Posters related to all subject and grades
  • Craft and Art materials
  • Science kits
  • Reference materials and dictionaries
  • Math materials
  • Learning materials.
  • Teacher’s and student’s desks, cabinets, computers

The Pioneer Preparatory School is asking for help to take care of the damage for the children, who are our most precious resource. To make donation to the school, please see the crowd-funding web-site and share within your friends: https://www.youcaring.com/pioneer-prep-school-school-422729

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Impact of Tropical Storm Erika

Following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) is able to confirm through direct contact with its members and affiliates that the majority of Dominica’s accommodation and tourism service providers are operational (see list below updated as at September 7, 2016).

While preliminary estimates of property damage to the tourism private sector are in the tens of millions, we are confident of the sector’s resilience and ability to bounce back,” remarks Gregor Nassief, DHTA President. “One by one, as we get back on our feet, our focus must be on restoring visitor confidence in the island, and ensuring the best possible visitor experience under the circumstances. A rapid rebound of our tourism sector will give a much needed boost to our island’s economic recovery.

With the tourism high season just around the corner, the DHTA encourages accommodation and tourism service providers to adjust their product offerings to Dominica’s current reality without diminishing the visitor experience.  In some cases, the visitor experience may incorporate a level of volunteerism in order to actively engage visitors to the island in contributing to Dominica’s recovery. 
 
We must send a message to confirmed and potential visitors that is both positive and realistic,” remarks Stephanie Astaphan, DHTA Executive Vice President. “There will be challenges while we work to rebuild, but in return, Dominica will offer its transformative ‘nature island’ experience further enriched by a country and community united in their efforts to rebound.

We further encourage all owners and operators of tourism enterprises to reach out to their travel trade networks and to share their individual status and operating capacity as well as an update on the communities, natural sites and attractions of interest to their clientele.

The Association and its members will continue our individual and collective outreach, and pledge our support wherever possible to the national rebuilding and recovery efforts,” adds Ms. Astaphan.

The DHTA recognizes and applauds the work of the Government and related infrastructure and utility service providers on the rapid advance in reestablishing air and road access as well as water, electricity and telecommunications to most areas of the country.
 
The DHTA also commends our regional travel partners for their rapid response in establishing alternative routes and services to facilitate travel into and out of Dominica. While Douglas-Charles Airport (formerly Melville Hall) works towards restoring commercial operations, frequent and convenient air and sea access options are available through the Canefield Airport (DCF) and all major seaports, thereby connecting Dominica to our regional hubs in Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico.

For a full report on operative tourism enterprises and travel options, contact the DHTA Office on 17 Castle Street, Roseau, Dominica via telephone (767) 440-3430/616-1055, email info@dhta.org, or check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/DHTADominica for regular updates.

The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association is a non-profit organization providing centralized and innovative information, advocacy, and leadership for the tourism industry in Dominica.

List of Operating Accommodation and Tourism Service Providers (more…)

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Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

For Thursday we have built a lot of plans, but woke up in a trap. No water, no electricity and the Internet. Thank God, an old Nokia phone had a radio and we can catch the radio to hear the news: tropical storm Erika in Dominica. From our top of the mountain it was not looks scary: heavy rain, thunder, a bit dark and no wind. Nothing special. But it appears somewhere on the island people were dying. Landslides. Rivers overflow their banks, washing away everything in its path. Collapsing bridges, houses to dust, stone fences washed away. Over 35 people dead.

Next day helicopters were flying to get people from isolated areas.

Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica

Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica
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Till now people helps people to clear houses, roads and schools. Everybody comes together. The Government of Dominica has established a RECOVERY AND RECONSTRUCTION FUND to receive contributions in support of its recovery and reconstruction efforts following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

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