February 5, 2018
Monday
Feb 05
2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: President Clinton to Visit Dominica

Press Release

Visit will highlight ongoing efforts to continue building back in the wake of last year’s hurricane season; Visit follows President Clinton’s trip today to the U.S. Virgin Islands

New York, NY – On Tuesday, February 6, at the invitation of the Prime Minister, President Bill Clinton will travel to Dominica to visit communities that were impacted by the devastating hurricanes last year. The visit follows an announcement that the Clinton Foundation will be launching a new Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. This follows today’s visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In Dominica on Tuesday, President Clinton will meet with President Savarin, Prime Minister Skerrit as well as Cabinet Ministers to learn what progress has been made since the hurricanes, including efforts to develop climate-resilient infrastructure. After the meeting, President Clinton and Prime Minister Skerrit will announce that the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative and the Government of Dominica are launching a partnership to assist Dominica with an integrated resource plan for the energy sector, helping Dominica become the first climate-resilient country in the world.

Following the meetings, President Clinton will visit Pichelin village, a community that was devastated by Hurricane Maria, to meet residents and hear how the storm has affected them and what relief needs remain.

President Clinton will then visit the Soufriere Primary School, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria, where he will meet students and teachers and learn how local nonprofit organizations are helping to rebuild schools across the island. For example, as part of the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, Digicel committed to repair or rebuild seven schools and more than 300 homes in the Southeast of Dominica that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands today, on the island of St. Thomas, President Clinton is visiting My Brother’s Workshop, a local nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and job training and placement to at-risk youth. From there, President Clinton is joining Governor Mapp and Congresswoman Plaskett at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, where they are seeing the damage caused by the storms and donating medical supplies provided by long-time Clinton Foundation partner, Direct Relief. President Clinton is then traveling to the island of St. John, where he is visiting the only public school on the island, the Julius E. Sprauve School, which was badly damaged. President Clinton is touring the school and meeting with students, staff, and community leaders – helping to guide commitments being made to support recovery efforts in the education sector through the Clinton Foundation’s Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.

Through these visits, President Clinton is seeing the impact of the hurricanes and their current needs for recovery and rebuilding, and meeting with community leaders, including a group from St. John who are part of a hurricane recovery working group, that will help guide in the creation of partnerships and commitments for the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. These visits follow a trip to Puerto Rico in November of last year, when President Clinton visited communities that were impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, assessing progress of the work of the Clinton Foundation and its partners to deliver emergency medical supplies and solar energy resources.

In addition, responding to urgent, widespread need in the midst of a catastrophic hurricane season, President Clinton joined with the other four living former American presidents to issue the “One America Appeal” to ask their fellow citizens and friends around the world to support the staggering recovery needs.

These efforts continue President Clinton’s longstanding role of helping marshal resources to respond to natural disasters, including after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, and Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WHAT:     Meeting with President Savarin, Prime Minister Skerrit, and Cabinet Ministers, Government of Dominica
WHERE:  Financial Centre
                Roseau, St. Dominica
WHEN:    Pre-Set by 9:45 a.m.


President Clinton will meet with President Savarin, Prime Minister Skerrit, as well as Cabinet Ministers to learn what progress has been made since the hurricanes, including efforts to develop climate-resilient infrastructure. After the meeting, President Clinton and Prime Minister Skerrit will announce that the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative and the Government of Dominica are launching a partnership to assist Dominica with an integrated resource plan for the energy sector, helping Dominica become the first climate resilient country in the world.

Note: While the meeting is closed to the press, there will be a photo opportunity at the beginning of the meeting only. Following the meeting with Cabinet Members, the energy plan announcement will take place in the press room.


WHAT:     Tour of Pichelin village
WHERE:  Pichelin, Dominica
WHEN:    Pre-Set by 12:30 p.m.


President Clinton will visit Pichelin village, a community that was devastated by Hurricane Maria, to meet residents and hear how the storm has affected them and what relief needs remain.


WHAT:      Visit to Soufriere Primary School
WHERE:   Soufriere, Dominica
WHEN:      Pre-Set by 1:45 p.m.


President Clinton will then visit the Soufriere Primary School, where he will meet students and teachers and learn how local nonprofit organizations are helping to rebuild schools across the island.
 

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