Canada to reconstruct five schools in Dominica

Kamal Khera is Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development of Canada

The Government of Canada will be contributing $9.25-million to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for Dominica’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience Project which will go towards reconstructing and restoring five primary schools in Dominica.

This is one of two projects announced by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development of Canada, Kamal Khera,
who is in Dominica along with a delegation from the Canadian High Commission.

“Canada will be contributing $9.25-million to the Caribbean Development Bank for Dominica’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience Project which will reconstruct and restore 5 primary schools here in Dominica and make them more climate resilient,” she announced.

She stated that the project will directly benefit more than 1,300 students and 80 teachers.

According to her, last November in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Maria which devastated parts of the region, Canada announced a pledge of CAN$100-million over five years for Caribbean states that were affected.

“This pledge is supporting reconstruction and helping to strengthen climate and economic resilience in the region,” she stated. “Today I am pleased to announce two projects that are part of that pledge.”

She also announced a CAN$8.2-million project with the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to support the implementation of CARICOM Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy which would help to strengthen the regional response mechanism.

“This project will improve regional emergency telecommunication trained specialist response teams and to improve the Caribbean risk information system,” Khera explained. “The project includes a Canada Caribbean Disaster Response local fund to support small local projects during the early recovery…”

She indicated that Canada will provide funds to CDEMA’s work in Dominica so that the Office of Disaster Management can install an emergency radio network for the west coast and train 30 community response and disaster management staff to operate and maintain the network.

She said that in the wake of Hurricane Maria Canada has provided technical assistance to help set up the Climate Resilience Agency of Dominica (CREAD), “and we will continue to support your effort.”

Khera said she is impressed with Dominica’s commitment to being the world’s first climate resilient nation.

Diplomatic relations between the Government of Dominica and Canada was established about 40 years ago.

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14 Comments

  1. Dominica
    September 7, 2018

    Thank You Canada

  2. Truth
    September 7, 2018

    thank You!!! but at least one secondary school should be added and I recommend the Wesley High School. They really need the help. flooring windows, space etc. they need a new school on a new site.

  3. Ingrid
    September 7, 2018

    Thank to all canadian you did a. Woundful job my taxes did not go in. Vain and i did go through 34 years of winter, and dominican you are ver :wink: :twisted: y welcome :

  4. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    September 6, 2018

    Who is going to watch the money?

  5. Ti Garcon
    September 6, 2018

    “Canada will be contributing $9.25-million to the Caribbean Development Bank for Dominica’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience Project which will reconstruct and restore 5 primary schools here in Dominica and make them more climate resilient,”

    Is this a loan or a grant. If its a grant, why the middleman with the Caribbean Development Bank. Unless its explicitly stated that its a grant- then its a loan to be paid back. There’s always a fine print.

    • Looking
      September 7, 2018

      It looks like a grant. Is just that Canada prefers to give the funds to CDB for management. They are not trusting our government to manage the funds.

  6. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    September 6, 2018

    Thank you Canada. I attended the Goodwill Junior High School that was donated to Dominica by the Canadians. That school was build in the 1950s and it’s still standing. Talk about standing the test of time.

  7. zandoli
    September 6, 2018

    I was really impressed with the contribution, and I still am, but when she said this “impressed with Dominica’s commitment to being the world’s first climate resilient nation.”.. I got nauseated. Did one of Skerrit’s minions slip her a piece of paper with that phrase written on it?

    • anonymous2
      September 7, 2018

      Climate resilience should mean nothing more than building a structure properly so that it can withstand heavy weather. The climate engineers are providing some of the catastrophic weather. Carbon footprint equals genocide of all people and animals because how else can they mandate a 0% carbon footprint. People need to read between the lines.

  8. Kean Black
    September 6, 2018

    Thank you Canada!

  9. September 6, 2018

    Hopefully, both the Thibaud and Calibishie primary schools should benefit from that grant plus Government’s financial help..

  10. Fran
    September 6, 2018

    Thank You Canada!

  11. Jheri Curl
    September 6, 2018

    Which schools?
    There was no name about the 5 institutions.

    • September 7, 2018

      It should be up to the Canadian Government to decide the schools and not left up to the DLP / PM to make that decision ., Another way of doing it is to have a representative of the Canadian government along with and education officer take a tour of the Island then chose the schools and present it to the government that would be much more acceptable to all. All the schools need repairs or rebuilding but this project is for 5 schools do it right.

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