Scientology Volunteer Ministers are currently on island assisting in relief and rebuilding efforts after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Dominica.
Ken Webber, Scientology Volunteer Minister said during the daily press briefing on Wednesday 11 October 2017, the organization is supported by the International Association of Scientologists Disaster Relief Efforts adding coming to Dominica is a bit more personal for him.
“My fulltime job when I’m not a volunteer is I’m the part captain on the Free Winds Cruise Ship. The Free Winds Cruise Ship has its home in Curacao, it sails throughout the Caribbean and first called to the island of Dominica in 1991. So this is not just another disaster relief spot, this is something that is very personal to me, it is something that is very personal to the crew of the Free Winds and the passengers that have visited this beautiful island over the years,” he explained
Webber said before coming to Dominica, the team was assisting in relief efforts in Sint Maarten when Hurricane Maria hit.
“We actually cut our stay short in Saint Martin to come here to assist. My first team arrived here on the 24 of [September], it was a team of sixteen people, three Scientology Volunteer Ministers and thirteen personnel from Disaster Relief Organization from Columbia called CINAT…they have skilled professionals, EMTs, civil engineers,” he said.
Webber added that on arrival they teamed up with the Fire Department along with CINAT to assess the damage in various communities. Medical assistance when needed was also provided by the EMTs and since then they have embarked on a number of projects.
“For the past several days we have been up in Fond Cole doing cleanup and again helping where we can putting tarps on roofs. We somehow met up with the mayor of Roseau…and she helped introduce us to some people and provided us with transportation to transport the waste, the old galvanize, the lumber in the neighborhoods so we could have some room to work and that’s ongoing,” he said.
In addition to the first container of relief supplies brought in by his group last week, which consisted of 1000 tarpaulins, ten pallets of fresh water, four chainsaws and hygiene kits another five containers will arrive on island this week with additional supplies.
They include three containers of fresh water and three containers of general supplies including six more chainsaws, baby food, baby supplies, canned food, bleach and soaps.
There is a lot of work to be done in Dominica he said adding that progress is being made and that they are happy to be helping.
“I couldn’t think of a better job to be doing right now,” he said adding, “I want to thank…the Prime Minister Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit and his office for actually inviting the Scientology Volunteer Ministers to the island to help out and its more than our pleasure to be here and we will continue to work and anything we can do to help the island of Dominica just ask and we’ll see what we can do to fulfill the request.”