Dominicans have been told to remember that they are loved and all is being done to assist them in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Captain Tim Ford, YachtAid Global Worldwide Ambassador and captain of the Lana Rose currently docked at Woodbridge Bay Port said the islands of the Caribbean are like family and therefore are relied upon greatly.
Speaking on Vibes Radio on Tuesday 5 December 2017, Captain Ford said he was heartbroken at the scene here when he arrived on Monday but quickly saw there was hope.
“I was so emotional, for me to drive from the airport to Roseau yesterday and this is three months after the pain I can see in people’s faces, the trees just absolutely stripped of leaves, the devastation, the destruction like a bomb’s gone off. But at the same time I saw hope, I saw roads clear, meeting people like Marcos and the amazing NGOs that are gathered at Fort Young and are working tireless and around the clock it brings hope,” he said.
Captain Ford encouraged Dominicans to take solice in knowing that there are many people who are not on the island who are working tirelessly to support them during this time.
“Know people Dominica, know that we’re working fifteen hours a day, every waking hour to do absolutely everything we can to bring support here and besides the tangible delivering of goods, there are so many people that we are raising awareness to that are sending their love and support twenty-four hours a day, know that, know it when the rain is coming through your blue tarp like this morning, know it when you’re hungry, know it when you’re wondering when that aid’s going to come,” he added.
YachtAid Global works with yacht owners and yachting businesses to bring aid and transport aid to islands affected by storms worldwide.