Share 339 Views no discussions Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews ADRA builds new homes in Dominica after TS Erika by: By Royston Philbert and Inter-American Division staff – February 17, 2016 Adventist volunteers building a new home for a family on the island of Dominica. (Henry Peters / IAD)(Adventist Review) Seventh-day Adventist volunteers are building new homes for families who lost everything when a deadly tropical storm ripped through the small Caribbean island of Dominica last year.The Dominica branch of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency is overseeing the rebuilding efforts as two teams comprised of 50 Adventist volunteers each take turns traveling to the island for one-week assignments from the U.S. Virgin Islands and nine neighboring islands.“ADRA is making good on its promise to assist the government with housing for the displaced,” said Priscilla Prevost, the local ADRA project coordinator.ADRA began discussions with the government to assist in building homes just days after Tropical Storm Erika devastated the island of about 72,000 people on Aug. 27, killing more than 30 people, including an Adventist believer. The storm triggered mudslides and destroyed roads, bridges, and homes.Prevost said ADRA and the volunteers have begun construction of three three-bedroom homes and five two-bedroom homes. ADRA expects to complete the first three homes in April and five more by July. In all, 25 homes will be built over the next year.“The government is providing the land and infrastructure and ADRA is providing labor and funds,” Prevost said.Dominica’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, visited Adventist volunteers at a construction site in late January and thanked them for their work.Silton Browne, president of the Adventist Church’s North Caribbean Conference, which is supplying many of the volunteers, said church members had no option but to help.“Our heartfelt prayers and concerns are with the people of Dominica still suffering the effects of this devastating storm,” he said. “Because we know Jesus loves us, we must let them know that His love compels us to help.”Adventist volunteers sprang to help in the aftermath of the storm, with ADRA provided daily meals to about 120 people in two shelters.Erika also sent shockwaves through the Adventist community, which scrambled to assist all those affected by the tragedy. In addition to the church member’s death, 10 Adventists lost their homes, and two Adventist Church-owned buildings suffered flood damage: a grade school in the capital, Roseau, and a church building in the west coast village of Dublanc.Five months later, 373 families remain affected by the storm, Prevost said.Herman Ravariere, who leads a volunteer building team and serves as elder of the Peter’s Rest Seventh-day Adventist Church on St. Croix, said he was glad that he could help with the new homes.“We think Dominica is a great place, and we’re glad that we can help a little bit,” he said. Share Share Sharing is caring!
Minister Tkatchenko said: “In place of over one thousand cultures and more than 800 languages that make up our country PNG, we would like to thank the FIFA committees for giving us the opportunity to host the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.”“On behalf of our Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill and our Government of Papua New Guinea, let me be the first to welcome you to our country PNG for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup,” he said.Adding that the three weeks of competition will see football inspire PNG in the Pacific and show the world how football transcends race, religion, culture and country.“We applaud the work of the organizing committee here in Zurich and also the local organising committee in PNG of their passion and tireless effort to make the event a success in November in Port Moresby.”Moreover, President of the Papua New Guinea Football Association and the Oceania Football League David Chung assured the FIFA organising committees and officials that Papua New Guinea will deliver an exciting event in November.“Papua New Guinea will have its challenges but we are sure we can deliver an exciting competition with the help of FIFA with the backdrop of our beautiful country,” Chung said.He also also raised an early warm welcome to the participating teams and fans to PNG to promote women’s football in the country and the Pacific as he congratulates the FIFA for their support towards the event.