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Building Back Better in Dominica

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Dominica was devastated, physically and economically, by the Hurricane Maria in 2017. Much of the formal and informal construction labour force left the island to pursue work in other countries, further exacerbating the recovery efforts of the government. Through Lutheran's donation of USD$355,000 and efforts of all involved, Habitat Trinidad and Tobago was able to accomplish the following:

  • Repairing 90 homes in collaboration wiht the International Organization for Migration (IOM) across the island
  • 153 people trained in construction skills and employed in the repairing of homes
  • 98 people trainined in conducting damage assessments
  • Recruiting 40 carpenters from Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, for IOM to assist in the recovery project
  • Preparation of a major baseline study to understand the gap between the demand and supply of labour in Dominica's construction sector (See video link below)


Having touched the lives of over 1000 persons, the formal work of Habitat for Humanity came to an end in Dominica in December 2019. Recognising, however, a responsibility to the Government and people of Dominica to promote sustainability and resilience within their community, they staged a National Job Fair in collaboration with the Housing Recovery Project of the Dominica Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, to connect contractors, training and recruitment organizations and job seekers and thus give further support to actions and initiatives for ‘building back better.’

The overall project is a key organisation deliverable by Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago contributing to SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Watch the video, Building Back Better in Dominica, here:

To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago, visit their Facebook page:

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