On April 30, 2016, nationals and friends of the St. Kitts and Nevis Nationals Association of Washington, DC
(SKNNA-DC) laced up their gym shoes for the Annual 5K charity walk on the National Mall of Washington,

But this year was different. The association decided to demonstrate CARICOM spirit and unity by
embarking on a project – Rebuild Dominica: Campbell Primary School. In August 2015, the government
and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica suffered tremendously from Tropical Storm Erika, one of
the worst natural disasters affecting the island since 1979. In light of this massive and wide spread
devastation, SKNNA-DC knew it had to extend its
community service efforts beyond the shores of
St. Kitts and Nevis and stand in solidarity with
Dominica in its long term rebuilding efforts. Through
the assistance of the Embassy of the Commonwealth
of Dominica and that country’s Ministry of Education,
the association identified and adopted the Campbell
Primary School.


The walk was supported by members of the
association, their family and friends and fellow
CARICOM nationals. The members networked to raise
funds for the Campbell Primary School, using traditional fund raising methods and integrating social media
tools such as Facebook and GoFundMe. Funds will be channeled to the schoolso it can continue educating
and shaping the minds of our youth.

The association’s President, Mr. Vincent Hodge, expressed deep gratitude to the organizers, Ms. Kemoy
Liburd-Chow and Mr. Neville Mitcham, and the supporters for walking with SKNNA-DC, who collectively
made the walk a success. Mr. Hodge also recognized the presence of Ambassador Thelma Phillip-Browne
and also Hubert Charles, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica and his wife. At
the end of the walk, Ambassador Charles addressed the walkers, thanking SKNNA-DC for organizing the
event and giving back to Dominica.

SKNNA-DC is grateful to all the members for their efforts to this cause and is appreciative of Tropical
Fusion Catering for its continued sponsorship and collaboration in providing the fruits and snacks.

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