DOMINICA - March 2018
Dominica: the Nature Island of the Caribbean
Known for its rich landscapes and wildlife.
In September 2017, hurricane Maria devastated the small island of about 74,000. While Puerto Rico was the main focus in the media, likely due to its size and status as an American colony, Dominica was also severely battered by the hurricane's 165mph winds.
According to the Guardian, when Hurricane Maria struck, Dominica was still recovering from tropical storm Erika, which pummeled the island in August 2015. That disaster caused about $483m of damage.
Small islands and communities that rely heavily on agriculture will need more support than ever as the climate continues to change and extreme weather patterns continue to increase in frequency. These communities do not contribute nearly as much as larger countries and world powers to the pollution and destruction of the planet, and yet, their location forces them to bear the brunt of Mother Nature's fury.
This March, Global United Diaspora will be going to Dominica to support in the reconstruction effort. We will be working in collaboration with designers, engineers and local officials to come up with solutions for sustainable and resilient housing, agriculture, and community. While we as a global community work toward improving our relationship with the environment, we need temporary solutions to improve the quality of life for those dealing with the harshest consequences of capitalism's' abuse on our planet-- GUD intends to assist in mitigating some of the inevitable challenges that will come with this impending environmental backlash.
KENYA - Spring 2018
Called by some archaeologists the 'cradle of humanity,' today's Kenya has been said to be located where some of the world's first human beings ever stood upright. Tools used by humans have been found there dating back to c 3.3 million BC revealing sophistication and civilization of millennia past.
Today, Kenya remains a country rich in resources and natural wealth. Poor management and leadership however, partnered with weak political institutions and the legacy of colonialism have left a large majority of the country's 48.5 million in poverty and with minimal options.
This Spring and Summer, GUD will be traveling to Kenya to work on constructing programs to support sustainable design, community and educational development in the country.
At GUD, we seek to improve the standard of living throughout the Black global population.Through these programs, we intend to contribute in ways that lead to incremental change and sustained development on the continent and in the diaspora.
GUD's first yoga fundraiser in DC. GUD is hosting this fundraisers to help raise funds for our upcoming development projects including local youth mentorship, education and community development projects in Kenya this summer and a sustainable design/ hurricane relief project on the Caribbean Island of Dominica this spring.
Join us for a afternoon of fun, health, relaxation and giving back. Thanks for helping to make the world a better place! Please bring a yoga mat. If you do not have one, you can rent one from the venue for $2
3506 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010