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Dominica schools slowly reopening after devastating hurricane

DOMINICA, 31 October 2017 - As Shanese Dawson and other Grade Six students at Newton Primary School settle into their classroom, it is clear it is not business as usual. It is the first time in six weeks that the nearly 300 students at the school, just on the outskirts of the capital Roseau, have seen the inside of their classroom. The last time was the morning of 18 September, the same day the powerful category five Hurricane Maria ploughed into their mountainous island, disrupting every aspect of their lives. More

UNICEF ECA has new head

 BARBADOS, 31 October 2017 - Dr Aloys Kamuragiye takes over as head of the UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area from 1 November, with a pledge to be a strong advocate on behalf of the children of the 12 nations in the sub-region. More

Recovering from the storm

Gloria Brewer is one of 26 facilitators trained in the UNICEF-supported “Return to Happiness“ programme which helps children deal with trauma through play-related and creative activities. Here are her thoughts during her first session with Barbudan children evacuated to Antigua in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. More 

Taking a moment to play

Tortola, BVI, 30 October 2017 Children on Tortola love to play, like children everywhere. When I visited the old Recreational Park in the capital, it was such a joy to see boys and girls running around, laughing and playing. One little girl marked herself out as leader, organising everyone, getting them to stand in a line so they could play choo choo train. They were just being children  More.

Returning to happiness on Anguilla: reflections…


ANGUILLA- 13 October 2017 – As Omari Banks, the Anguillan musician and former West Indies cricketer, performed his song for a rapt audience at a UNICEF-supported “Return to Happiness” session for children, we all recognised the truth of the words that we learnt and sang with such heart. In pulling together and coping after the devastation wrought be Irma and Maria, we really are “Caribbean strong”.

UNICEF staff blog

By Shelly-Ann Harper / ECD Specialist in the UNICEF Officer for the Eastern Caribbean Area.

"Yes we’re Strong 
Stronger than you ever will
Irma you pushed us hard
But we’re Caribbean Strong
Our souls enduring still."


Vulnerable children getting a chance after Maria


DOMINICA- 11 October 2017 - Michael* hasn’t seen his parents since Hurricane Maria struck Dominica in the middle of September. They normally visit him regularly but the destruction of the storm, which left houses ruined and roads blocked, means they have been kept apart.

The shy 13 year old is in good hands though. He lives at the Chances home for children in need of care and protection located on the outskirts of Dominica’s capital, Roseau.  He enjoys being there. 


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Communities in hurricane’s aftermath, clinging to the most precious

Communities struggle to recover in hurricane’s aftermath, clinging to the most precious they have left

DOMINICA- 30 September 2017 - Jacey Anselm hugs her pet Sassy close to her. Sassy was always precious, but since Hurricane Maria tore their home apart more than a week ago, the nine-year-old Dominica girl and her mum Celine Fingall have precious else left. “It’s about starting back. We have nothing now,” Celine says, as she points to the still rain-soaked furniture, clothes and other possessions in their second-floor apartment in the tight-knit community of Loubiere, about 15 minutes’ drive from the hurricane-scarred capital of Roseau. More

Dominica's long road back to school after devastating hurricane

DOMINICA, 4 Oct. 2017 - Deltin Eugene stares at the chalkboard at the front of what used to be his classroom at the Goodwill Secondary School. The only words written there are “Friday, 15 September, 2017”. It’s the last day Deltin and 13,500 students in Dominica went to school. When classes were dismissed that Friday afternoon, the 16 year old had no idea that Hurricane Maria’s powerful 160 miles per hour winds would shear the roof off his school's upper level and shatter his hopes of completing his secondary school education. Click for More

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