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Reaching out to help Dominican expats victims of Hurricane Irma

The Foundation for the Integral Development of Dominicans Abroad (Fundodex) is appealing to the solidarity of Dominicans to help expats that suffered major losses in the Caribbean. This primarily means those that were living in Barbuda, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St. John and St. Thomas, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, among other islands.

Overseas deputy Adelys Olivares (PRM), who is president of Fundodex, said they are following the reports of the storm in Florida to also provide assistance.

She said that Dominicans on the island of Sint Maarten are the most affected. She said she spoke with community leader Jose de la Rosa and with Dominican expat Francia Arrendel who told her the situation was very difficult. She said Dominicans in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, have lost everything and are requesting a plane to be sent to bring them back to the Dominican Republic.

Olivares said that Cristobal Frances, president of the Club Dominicano 8 de Marzo in the US Virgin Islands said they are relocating several injured Dominicans to Puerto Rico and St. Croix for medical attention.

Olivares says there are five Dominicans in Barbuda where there is no communication. She requested President Medina send a plane to retrieve Dominicans who wish to return to country.

She recalled that the Dominican diaspora in the Caribbean islands had assisted Puerto Plata when the north coast was affected by intense rains earlier this year and now they need a helping hand.

She said the people in the islands need canned food, clothing, medicines, mattresses, sheets, shoes, mosquito nets and construction materials to rebuild.

Those interested in contributing can call: 809-669-8970 and 809-535-2626; or her assistant Inocencio Madé at 809-704-2224.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Sep 12, 2017

Category: DR News |

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