The Government of Dominica is prepared to inject $250,000 into this year’s Community Day of Service.
This is according to local Government Commissioner, Glenroy Toussaint.
Toussaint relayed that this year, special focus will be placed on community beautification island-wide.
He made a special appeal to the public to get involved in building resilience at a community level.
Toussaint says, “We are no longer into the concrete thing, we are into cleanup and beautification. Essentially, we are talking about the removal of white goods and other household items [from the natural environment]
“Since Hurricane Maria, in some households and yards, there is a lot of those old fridges and stoves and the opportunity is ours to enhance and beautify our surroundings.”
“We are talking about cleaning and clearing drains,” Toussaint adds, “In Dominica we have natural earth drains that are blocked so we have to unblock them because it is part of mitigating floods. That is important at community level and we are encouraging people to get involved this year in those tasks.”
Toussaint encouraged citizens to build a sense of pride for the nature island of the world, advising to not only use community day of service to promote clean environment.
He said, “It should be a natural inclination within you to visit somewhere, even your yard, and to see clean surroundings. It is important; cleanliness is next to godliness. It is important to do that sort of cleanup to reduce the health risks. We must also ensure that we make it a part of everyday life.”