The Thomas Foundation is a newly formed not for profit organisation set up to support the people of Dominica in their recovery from hurricane Maria, and to provide a route for ongoing regular donations of used but still useful, much needed equipment to the island.Dominican Government Information Service
In September 2017 the small Caribbean Island of Dominica was devastated by hurricane Maria. Lives were lost and homes, schools, hospitals and whole communities suffered devastation from which many have still not recovered.
The Thomas Foundation has been set up to provide a formal route for donated useful items from the UK to be relocated to Dominica, for public and community use, starting with a large quantity of hand and power tools.
The founder member of the organisation Ken Thomas has been working with the Dominican Government to supply tools to three worthy recipient educational organisations - Dominica State College, Youth Skills Development and Adult education Programme.
Young people will be able to gain the construction skills required to repair or build following structural damage to buildings, and will be provided with access to a toolkit on finishing their training to start them off on their way to self-sufficiency as skilled tradesmen in their own right. Enabling them to work for themselves or others in their own homes and local communities, which will have positive impact and drive sustainable development.
The programme will enable the establishment of a tools library for local people to use items for one off projects themselves to improve their own housing.
The first consignment of donated items left the UK in mid-September 2019 and arrived in Dominica in October 2019. Enabled by the kind support from some UK and Caribbean based companies who have offered to aid with shipping and storage - Eden Springs in the UK and ACE project solutions in Barbados.
The Thomas Foundation is a not for profit organisation created to serve to source used but still useful items no longer needed in the UK e.g. medical equipment, teaching equipment and IT computing hardware and software as well as hand tools.
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