On September 18, 2017 at 8.30 pm Hurricane Maria hit Dominica as a Category 5 super-storm.
The devastation to our beautiful Nature Island is mind-numbing. About 60 lives have been lost so far and people are still missing. But if I know anything about Dominica, it is that the people are STRONG. We will rebuild. We will recover. We will see the beauty of the Nature Island once again. It will take a lot of hard work, and a lot of help from the international community.
The final stanza of our National Anthem sums it all up for me:
Come ye forward, sons and daughters
Of this gem beyond compare.
Strive for honor, sons and daughters,
Do the right, be firm, be fair.
Toil with hearts and hands and voices.
We must prosper! Sound the call,
In which ev’ry one rejoices,
“All for Each and Each for All.”
Watch this page to see how you can help rebuild the Nature Island.
For up-to-date, accurate information about what is going on in Dominica:
- Join this Facebook group – Dominica Hurricane Relief – Maria (Facebook Group run from Grenada by International Rescue Group, updated daily.)
- UN Report – October 4th to 7th (United Nations in collaboration with partners on the ground in Dominica)
- Daily Updates – GIS Daily Press Briefings
Press Release from Discover Dominica Authority:
- Press Release – Post Hurricane Maria update Oct 18 2017
- Press Release – Post Hurricane Maria update Oct 31
- New Website for Updates on the Tourism Sector Post-Hurricane Maria – http://dominicaupdate.com/
Here are some Fundraising Efforts
- GoFundMe for the Soufriere, Scotts Head Communities (For Communities in Dominica’s South West)
- GoFUndME for Emergency Relief (Fund directive for Dominica based in Grenada for IRG and )
- GoFundMe for Orion Academy (For a Secondary School in Bath Estate/Roseau)
- JustGiving Fund by Mermaid’s Secret (For Communities in Dominica’s South East)
The rest of avirtualDominica.com remains untouched, as it was on September 18th, 2017. It is a tribute to our beautiful country and a beacon of hope for rebuilding. #DominicaStrong
Last Update on 18th November 2017.
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Get to Know Dominica – From hiking the lush mountain peaks soaring nearly 5,000 ft. tall, to diving the dramatic vertical walls of our underwater terrain, it’s no wonder Dominica can take your breath away at every turn.
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World Creole Music Festival 2017
Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is October 27th to 29th, t2017. There is an exciting line up, featuring amazing music from around the world including local, regional and international stars.
Welcome to 2017 & our Fresh New Look!
This year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of a virtual Dominica. We hope you enjoy the new look! Feel free to send us your feedback or comments as we continue to refine and enhance our site.
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CULTURE & HERITAGE
Dominica has been influenced by different cultures over the course of its history. Originally inhabited by Arawak and Kalinago people, colonised by the Europeans, and a strong African influence. Dominica’s culture is as multi-faceted