Soon after the passage of Hurricane Maria in 2017, Habitat for Humanity International in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Trinidad and Tobago (responsible for Dominica and other English-Speaking Caribbean countries), and with funding from Lutheran World Relief, moved into Dominica in March 2018, to provide housing repair and construction-related training to Dominicans. The project goals were:
- To promote access to alternative and sustainable livelihoods for men and women in the building sector, thus supporting build-back-safer reconstruction process;
- To increase the availability of the local labour force for construction-related trades; and
- To reduce the gap between demand and supply of labour force in the building sector
Having touched the lives of over 1000 persons, the formal work of Habitat for Humanity came to an end in Dominica in December 2019. Recognizing, 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 about supporting Hurricane Maria recovery in Dominica here: https://bit.ly/2YQDfnX
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