Helping Rebuild Dominica After Hurricane Maria
Dear Friends, June, 2019
Last month in May, I returned to Dominica with Steve Thompson who is from Oklahoma and is an engineer of water systems. Steve has extensive experience and knowledge of creating and renovating water systems in Africa. Our original planning had met some barriers and it was important to get the project back on track.
We were met with a much stronger country than I had experienced last August when I visited. Most of the piles of rubble and corrugated metal had been removed from the streets. Houses had been rebuilt, but not all.
There are new stores selling building materials, curtailing the corrupt government’s control of building the homes of those people who will support and vote for the current government. A market with good and fresh food was built in the center of Roseau. Life is slowly getting back to normal.
You can imagine that the spirit of the Dominicans is so much stronger and more positive. School children meet in buildings that were not destroyed. A beautiful secondary school with solar panels was built in Soufriere and will soon be occupied. Princess Margaret Hospital is being expanded by the Chinese. There is great movement forward.
Unfortunately, the water systems throughout the island are still not fixed, so this continues to be our plan. Currently, we are working on renovating two systems that will provide clean water in the south of the island.
Thank you for your encouragement, love, and prayers! We are deeply grateful for your belief in us. You are in Cardinal Felix and my prayers daily!
Humbly yours in Christ,
Emily R. John, PhD
+ Cardinal Kelvin E. Felix