Hurricane Maria and a little help for our friend Andrew

By , October 21, 2017 9:11 pm

So far, it’s been an amazing adventure. We haven’t posted since for quite awhile because so much has been happening. Our life in Dominica was settling into a wonderful routine, of school, beaches, and exploring the island when, in a matter of hours, it all was all over. Along came Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane with 160mph winds that made a direct hit on our little island of 75,000, and our world changed.

We were lucky. We were evacuated off the island three days after the eye crossed the island, and relocated to the island of Saint Lucia, then sent back to Seattle until further notice. We were lucky. Our friends on Dominica weren’t as lucky as we were, and are still on the island, struggling to adapt to their new devastated life.

One of our friends is Andrew, and has lost everything. He is a farmer who grew bananas, plantains, dashine, and passion fruit. Almost every evening, after coming home from a hard days work on his farm, he would see our front door open and bring us mangos, avocados, passion fruits, and plantains.  He was always so happy to share his wonderful bounty with us. Andrew is a person brings happiness, compassion,  and friendship where ever he goes, and to everyone he comes into contact with.

Hurricane Maria scraped the farmland from Dominica and his crops are gone. He lived in a simple two room wooden shack, and escaped with only the clothes on his back. His home was not only destroyed, but the scraps, pieces, and all his possessions were blown away and he is left with only a little plot of land where his life used to be.

 

The arrow points to where Andrew used to have a simple wooden shack, which was blown away in Hurricane Maria

 

We want to help Andrew build a safe concrete home, and you can help as well. We’ve created a GoFundMe page to help him rebuild his life.

Andrew has been living in the shelter at a nearby primary school since the hurricane passed over the island on September 18. If you’re able, please consider helping to rebuild this dear man’s home. He is a wonderful man who deserves a simple and safe place to call home.

Anything helps and is much appreciated. Thank you so very much.

 

Click here to be taken to our GoFundMe page and learn how you can help Andrew build a safe home

 

The following video shows the path of Hurricane Maria and its landfall on the island of Dominica.

 

 

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