Relief for Delices, Dominica
Organized by: martha stewart
The 750 person community of Delices on the island of Dominica was overwhelming devastated by Tropical Storm Erika. It is now cut off from all other towns on the island. In one direction the roads (and the next village) were completely wiped out by landslides and in the other direction the Boetica bridge was destroyed and a huge gorge gapes open there now. 300' deep and about the same across. It is going to take a major engineering effort to bridge this new gorge and larger cities will have their bridges repaired first. Delices is small in importance compared to larger cities on the island. There are dozens and dozen of bridges on the government's list. Delices needs our help. It is in dire need. Farmers’ fields were covered with landslides or washed out. All crops were lost. Their rich farming area, Belvidere, is considered unstable. Jungle Bay and OhLaLa, two lovely hotels were destroyed. Jungle Bay announced that it will never reopen because the land is unstable. The White River used to be a beautiful spot to visit with a perfect swimming hole, large flat rocks for drying laundry, a tree with a rope swing. It drew tourists and islanders from all over. The landslides brought down stones and sand and the beautiful swimming hole is filled up, never to return. The river is a shadow of its former self. Roads inside the village are also severely damaged. Some have caved in, some are covered with landslides. There is no heavy equipment to repair the roads and it will be a long time before heavy equipment can be brought in because there is no access to the village. Houses were damaged and covered with landslides. One person lost his life. Folks have houses they can’t live in because they are now under huge overhangs of earth that is just waiting for another storm to crash down and bury them. These are house that were build concrete block by concrete block over many year. Hard won houses. As of today, 9/5, there is no fresh water. Food supplies are out. A helicopter drops supplies on the cricket field each day but not enough. New housing is needed. Folks are doubling and tripling up. Money raised from this effort will go directly to the Village Council of Delices in c/of Ms. Pearline St.Ville. The Council runs the village and know the needs – food, clothing, shelter, water, being the main ones. I have visited this village almost every year for over 25 years. The villagers are my friends. They are trying to cope best they can. They need our help. Delices deserves special attention because it is so cut off from the rest of the island. It is not often mention in news coverage of Dominica because it is so remote.