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Volume No. 1 Issue No. 21 - Friday, May 17, 2002
Rosie Douglas Foundation Donates Over $150,000
RDF Continues in Its Development Thrust

by: Athenia Henry

Since the staging of the grand Diaspora Symposium in New York in December of last year, the Rosie Douglas Foundation (RDF) has moved aggressively to cement the relationship with the Dominican populace and embark on projects that will help in improving on the overall economic conditions in Dominica.

Coming out of the Symposium, the Dominica Sustainable Energy Corporation (DSEC) was formed (http://dsecinc.com). The group is headed by Dominican Scientist Bevin Etienne, an electrical/mechanical engineer and a senior researcher at the University of Maryland's CALCE (Computer Aided Life Cycle Engineering) Center, which is the most advanced center for energy studies and failure analysis in the world.

DSEC is in the process of introducing wind energy into Dominica that will help in substantially reducing the cost of electricity to the Dominican consumer. DSEC is also pursuing coherent sustainable development efforts to explore all reasonable avenues for national development, which will enhance the quality of life for Dominicans.

Through the efforts of keynote speaker at the Symposium, Dr. Sherman Severin, Boeing Corporation have expressed keen interest in establishing a facility in Dominica for the manufacture of composite material. Discussions were recently held with government officials and the project is expected to shortly get underway.

In keeping with its promise at the Symposium to involve the Diaspora more directly in banking activities in Dominica, some members of the RDF teamed up with resident Dominicans and submitted a proposal to government for a license to operate a banking institution in Dominica. The bank will among other things seek to make venture capital funds available to Dominican businesses while seeking the involvement of the Diaspora in saving and investing in Dominica.

A tangible demonstration of the involvement of the RDF, and its commitment to Dominica was in the recent provision of over $150,000 worth of equipment and material to various institutions in Dominica. These include:
  • A mammography machine worth $80, 000 was presented to the Princess Margaret Hospital;
  • 65 Computers to the Castle Bruce Development Committee for use in a Computer Training and repair project
  • 13 Computers to the Petite Savanne and Bagatelle Schools; 2 copy machines to the Petite Savanne and Bagatelle Schools;
  • 24 Person Marching Band donation to the Dominica Cadet Corp (Approximately $24,000);
  • Donation of 6 boxes of medical supplies to Carib Territory health center;
  • VCR donated to the Sports Division with associated shipping costs;
  • Anti Drug/Gang/ Sex educational material and achievement badges for use in youth programs;
  • Copy machine, electrical table saw and panel saw to the Technical College; and
  • Cash donation to the Marigot Foundation High School
In the build-up to the next Symposium scheduled for Dominica from October 25 to November 1, 2002, the RDF is seeking to get Dominicans interested in investing in various business enterprises on the Island. Already members of the RDF have identified furniture making as a viable enterprise in which its own members will participate.

Volume No. 1 Issue No. 21
Dominica Faces Structural Adjustment
Rosie Douglas Foundation Donates over $150,000
Dominican Artist Exhibits Exquisite Work
The Roseau Cooperative Credit Union
Analysis of Events at Home
West Indies Cricket on the Rebound

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