On August 27, 2015, the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica was ravaged as tropical storm Erika tore through the island. At least 31 people have been confirmed dead and others are still missing.

Ten inches of rain fell within a very brief period, engulfing much of the island, causing landslides from the mountains, and destroying much of the country’s infrastructure. Repair of the damage is estimated to cost nearly half of Dominica’s annual GDP.

CUNY currently enrolls 23 F-1 students from Dominica. Many other students have family and friends in the area and are concerned about their well-being. Counseling services are available on each campus . In addition, the CUNY International Student and Scholar Office will be bringing together students from Dominica to provide them with information about support services.

Those wishing to donate to assist in the relief may send a tax deductible donation made payable to CUNY Research Foundation with memo “Dominica Relief Fund 78511-00-15” and mail to:

Roberta Nord,
The City University of New York,
205 East 42 Street, New York, NY 10017

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Photo: Courtesy of Prime Minister of Dominica. View of the Macoucherie river in Dominica after the Tropical Storm Erika