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STATEMENT REGARDING HURRICANE MARIA
Greetings to the extended family of 3 Rivers and Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge.
THANKS to everyone for your thoughts and support since Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica.
Thankfully Everyone connected with the lodge is safe, although the island took a severe beating from hurricane Maria. Our thoughts are with those who fared even worse than us.
Here at 3Rivers & Rosalie forest Eco lodge we did take quite a bit of damage, and we have begun the long process of cleaning up and rebuilding and are looking positively forward.
That said we are open and can receive understanding guests, and offer a still wonderful stay on our beautiful, though changed, island.
Although we lost the dormitory and dining room/education centre, the cottages were only slightly damaged. Two have some twisted windows and doors which we have temporarily fixed so they function. And ocean view cottage lost a part of it’s roof which we are currently fixing. The shortage of screws nails and other hardware does mean we can only progress slowly, but every day sees improvements.
We already have a new temporary bar and dining area using tarpaulins and we hope to build a new small dining area over the next few weeks. The education centre will come in the new year hopefully. If you happen to have a marquee tent to give or lend us meanwhile feel free and thank you.
Although the dormitory was virtually flattened, the bathroom is in tact, with tarpaulin roof and so we are now able to receive campers. We hope to begin rebuilding the dormitory before the end of the year.
Maria showed no mercy in the forest. To understand try and imagine no leaves whatsoever on about 95% of the Islands trees throughout Dominica. That said most are already bursting with new life and the green will grow back quickly. The wildlife is slowly coming out of hiding. Parrots seeking food now hang out in our guava trees which are laying down but still, amazingly have some young fruits on them.
Our tree house were built around ancient trees which were snapped in the 200+ miles per hour winds and so both tree houses have been totally destroyed, debris flying hundreds of feet.
Once we have repaired all the damage on the lower property we will look to build new cabins in the forest as it grows back.
The positive side is with all the fallen trees we now have lots of wood that we can chainsaw and use for rebuilding. If you have a chainsaw and know how to use it feel free to come and help.
Most roads are now open, although damaged.
The big bridge on our access road has totally gone and the smaller bridge has a hole in it. For now it us necessary to cross through the big river, about 100 feet in width, and in places thigh deep, but the rope that has been tied across the river to hold on to makes it not too difficult to cross. We can help with any bags.
The second smaller bridge nearer to 3 rivers has a hole in it, but can be crossed relatively easier in just knee deep water.
It is possible to get cel and data services here at the Eco lodge.
We have begun the slow process of repairs and clean up.
BUT WE CAN NOW TAKE GUESTS IN ONE COTTAGE, shortly 2 as well as campers.
Around the rest of the island the damage is devastating. Almost everyone took damage, many villages flattened and homes destroyed or, at best roofless.
In our local partner village of grand fond probably 80% lost roofs and took damage. In many cases houses completely flattened and destroyed. But the resilience of Dominicans is admirable and heartwarming.
The school was hardly damaged but as many of the students’ homes were damaged books pens flash drives and all their belongings were destroyed and so any donations of that kind would be well received. Currently the school is acting as a shelter for those who lost their homes. If you or someone you know happens to have a big tent marquee available or wants to donate then the school could reopen in the village playing field whilst repairs are carried out.
The local village health centre took some serious damage too. If anyone is able to donate lots of basic medical supplies we have a list and they are much needed and would be well received.
The next village of rivieres Cyrique fared even less well than grand fond. Most homes destroyed and the school severely damaged. The un damaged part of the school is a shelter for those who lost their homes. So another big tent/marquee would be great.
If you wish to assist in our recovery here at the ecolodge, or donate to the school supplies or marquee all help will be gratefully received.
You can send us materials or anything you think would be useful.
Feel free to message or email any questions but please be patient for our response. Voicemail messages are NOT good or reliable for now so don’t leave a message. But you can keep trying eventually we should get service.
If you wish to make donations you can paypal to email@example.com
Our credit card system is currently down and unavailable.
If you donate via PayPal please let us know if it is towards school supplies, marquee or ecolodge recovery.
All of us at 3 Rivers & Rosalie Forest eco Lodge appreciate your thoughts and concerns, and ask you to pause for a minute in your day for those who lost their lives as a result of the passage of hurricane Maria.
Looking forward positively.
The management and staff of 3 Rivers & Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge.
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|“We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the Grand Fond Preschool and Castle Bruce Secondary School, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please CLICK HERE to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.”|
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