81-year-old Simon has lived in Wesley in northeast Dominica for more than 60 years. He built his home himself and lives alone, as his four children are grown-up and have moved overseas.
When Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm with winds of 282kmph, hit Dominica Simon’s peaceful life was uprooted.
Helping Simon rebuild
Our teams worked tirelessly to help communities begin recovering in the Caribbean. On the island of Dominica, we provided ShelterKits to help families make repairs to their homes.
Training sessions were carried out with members of the local community to show people the different ways the kit can be used, and how to make stronger, more resilient structures.
When our teams conducted a training session in the community of Wesley in northeast Dominica, they met Simon for the first time. After talking people through the theoretical part of the training, the team then did a practical demonstration by rebuilding the roof of Simon’s house.
Tools, materials and skills
At ShelterBox, we know that shelter is not just a roof, canvas or tarpaulin over your head, it’s the process of recovery, of returning to normal when disaster strikes.
That’s why we don’t just provide items that give shelter, but items and training that help people make better shelters.
Right now there are many more people like Simon who have lost everything. You can give them comfort and security in their darkest hour.
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