Dominica

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean, leaving a shocking trail of destruction in its wake.

The tiny island nation of Dominica was particularly hard hit. Approximately 90 percent of the country’s 26,000 houses were moderately damaged or worse, and nearly a quarter were destroyed. It wiped out agriculture and tourism, the cornerstones of the economy.

Lutheran World Relief collaborated with Habitat for Humanity International to begin the long rebuilding process, working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to recruit skilled builders from other Caribbean nations such as Trinidad, Guyana and Jamaica to come to Dominica and help train Dominicans on hurricane resilient construction.  The project provided training in healthy housing, carpentry, masonry and resilient construction standards, creating a cadre of women and men throughout Dominica who have learned a new trade and are using it to rebuild their country.