Dominica is a little sovereign nation island (population 73,000) in the middle of the chain of Caribbean islands known as the West Indies. Dominica is NOT the Dominican Republic. It is also the poorest of the Caribbean islands and it was the first and hardest hit by hurricane Maria. They have no mother country to turn to for help.
The resilience of Dominica and of her people is everywhere evident on this beautiful “Jewel of the Caribbean.” Dominica is green again! And this “Nature Island” is now hosting the new wave of tourists who come to explore the beauty of her rainforests, volcanic wonders, waterfalls and snorkeling sites. Explore Dominica! But as we celebrate her wonders, let us not forget about the beautiful people who were profoundly damaged by their experience of Hurricane Maria.
But this extraordinary Youth and Crisis Center also suffered severe damage. Yes, significant repairs are being made by two international NGOs but much needed. For example, they have no computers, no professional kitchen equipment, no pressure washer, no grass trimmer and no PA system for big events. They always need long-life foodstuffs, laundry, kitchen and bathroom supplies, first aid kits, towels, bedding, air mattresses and much more.
For those who know what it’s like to be Humpty Dumpty, The Feed My Sheep Youth and Crisis Center, located in the town of Mahaut is more than a haven of hope for the broken. It is a light in darkness, a way forward when all doors appear to be closed. It is comfort for the afflicted, care for those who cannot care for themselves, love for those who have known little. It is a learning center where young and old are shown new ways to deal with the bitter facts of their lives. Most importantly, it is a home where the youngest and most vulnerable among us, the orphaned, unwanted or incorrigible, can thrive in structured love. It feeds the hungry, uplifts the down trodden, comforts the suffering and reassures those who can no longer understand the world around them.
What they have in abundance is love. Only four full time volunteer women do work of keeping that place going. How do they do it? They are a family, a community of residents and volunteers who are bound together by their commitment to each other and to the Center. So they all help out, each according to his or her ability. That’s how they do it.
This is what drives Team FMS Dominica to continue serving the Feed My Sheep Youth and Crisis Center in Mahaut Dominica. Your support is vital. Please help us meet the needs of this extraordinary Center with your donation. We hope during this season of giving your hearts will be open to considering a more meaningful way to contribute by committing to a monthly donation in the amount of your choice.