Dominicans continue to benefit from post-Maria work of IOM

IOM core house beneficiary, Dana Esprit, in Wesley

Dominicans continue to benefit from the work of The International Organization for Migration (IOM) which has been assisting with the recovery and reconstruction of the island after the destructive passage of hurricane Maria in September, 2017.

Many people around Dominica were affected and had to be transported to shelters because their homes were destroyed due to hurricane Maria.

The IOM built 80 core houses for internally displaced people around the Island through their early shelter recovery program funded by Australia Aid and habitat for humanity.

IOM is now implementing a new project to undertake repairs to 12 emergency shelters with funding from USAID. This project, to improve emergency preparedness through emergency shelter, also includes a survey to determine the number and status of people still living in emergency shelters.  The survey has found close to 300 people still living in 25 shelters across the island.

HAM radios will also be procured and training provided in collaboration with the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc (DARCI). Training will be provided to shelter managers and other community members interested in learning about shelter management principles, and to make the communities more prepared for potential emergencies.

IOM in coordination with the Youth Development Division, Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) and the Ministry of Commerce Small Business and Enterprise Development has received funding from the IOM Development Fund to establish a small-scale business development/support centre in the city of Roseau. The main objective of the program is to build the capacity of the government, through the DYBT, to provide training and financial support to young entrepreneurs, setting the foundation for increased business success, job creation, and reduced outward migration.

At the request of the Government of Dominica and the Caribbean Development Bank, IOM Dominica will conduct a 2-month research to determine the number of people, and particularly children, who migrated out of Dominica after Hurricane Maria.

The IOM according to the organization’s website, works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

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  1. Proud to work with IOM
    January 7, 2019

    We understand some of the concerns. Please consider that the core houses that IOM built with funds from Australia and with the support of Habitat for Humanity were provided to people who were highly vulnerable, had lost their homes, or their homes were almost totally destroyed. They were not in line to receive assistance from any other source, and they were not able to build back on their own. Dana, the beneficiary in this video, was very happy about her new house, and has made a beautiful home of it. For many who have no home anymore, these houses are a welcome first step to regaining some normalcy in their lives. They express their gratitude, and this gives us fuel to move on. See Dana´s story here

  2. Spectator
    January 7, 2019

    With all the negative comments being posted on here, how many people in Wesley came together to assist in getting her back on her feet? We Dominicans need to realize that we need to watch what we say in certain situations! When for us to jump and speak up we don’t! That is some real negative comments coming from people that may not even be directly involved in her situation. She received it, she’s thankful, let’s be grateful for the assistance being brought here by IOM and try not to criticize the efforts of the hard working individuals. Remember not everyone can receive a mansion as there are MANY OTHER people in need of assistance also! Thank you for gracing Dominica with your presence IOM! Please continue to assist!

  3. Danziger
    January 7, 2019

    DNO,what is wrong with my email address

    ADMIN: What is the issue you are experiencing? Please email a description of your issue to for further assistance.

  4. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 7, 2019

    I think Dana would be much better off if she struggled to build a house. What I am viewing is no different to the usual 16 X 12 shacks people lived  in the eighteenth century in Wesley!

    I have seen some small houses donated to the Skerrit supporters, none of them look like that. At least they are called Apartments as in Pitie Savan.

    That is an insult to the people of Wesley; and before any of you Skerrit clones and puppets, and welfare recipients ask me what have I done for Wesley and Dominica; be informed my 85 year old sister house was blown away by the same Maria; right now I am assisting one of  her daughter building here a house.

    And be assured it is a modern house okay; and surly we don’t want anything from Roosevelt involve in it!

    If the Australia government donated money to help rebuild homes, I am sure they did not suggest sch shacks!

    People don’t live in such garbage in Australia!

  5. Maybe
    January 7, 2019

    What’s that a rabbit cage if she have kids where she putting them if you doing something make it decent or forget it

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 7, 2019

      That is an insult to the village and people of Wesley; Athena and Gloria I hope you are talking note of that; and will not loose your head to talk to people about voting labor.

      Athena I told you that Roosevelt was using you; you see he has already dumped you for another of my cousins. I will not call his name, cause I am not sure if he will allow himself to get caught in Roosevelt nonsense. Haven’t you and Gloria noticed what they gave to our people are so called tow rooms, with still a pit-hole outside, and an out door shed for a kitchen?

      Athena Benjamin-Telemaque Skerrit crown you the caretaker of Wesley, are you taking care of the pit-holes of feces accumulating at the back of the “rabbit cage” as someone noted.

      We are in the twenty-first century cousin Gloria, and Athena; go and take a look at what am building for my sister; the same one you two promised house and toilet!


  6. Gouvelma
    January 7, 2019

    Are those organizations with the help of the government keeping dominicans in poverty? What’s the size of the hose? How many people can they accomodate? If you are assisting me and not doing so to better my concondition please leave me where I am. Is that the type of housing Dominica needs at this time in history? When will standards in Dominica be made comparable to that of other Caribbean countries?

    • Neville
      January 7, 2019

      Ever heard of the expression beggars can’t be choosers? You are a very ungrateful person and no doubt on Wednesday you gonna be on your way to Roseau to see your PM for a few more dollars in exchange for a vote. How low can one get??

    • Nrt
      January 7, 2019

      It’s called you need to visit your country and quit Sitting on your nice perch maybe, overseas pontificating nonesense. Put yourself in the recipients shoes, you think it’s easy living in a shelter. They can always improve on the house after they get situated as always. Think.

    • Concerned
      January 7, 2019

      Ate you saying that it is better for you to stay without than get some assistance that you have a roof over your head? Are you saying 0 is better than 1? Lol ok…

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