Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica

by IsraAID
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica

Work Online Dominica (WOD) is an initiative by the Government of Dominica’s Ministry of Public Works and The Digital Economy, in collaboration with IsraAID, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Dominica State College.

The aim of the initiative was to equip 60 professionals with the tools and resources necessary to leverage their skills and experience to access online freelance opportunities, over the course of 12 weeks.

After the implementation of two Cohorts, WOD continues to engage professionals between the ages of 18 to 45 years, with extra emphasis on graduates from Dominica State College, people from the Kalinago Territory, and any other vulnerable subpopulations, who have access to reliable internet and a computer, and can commit a minimum of 20 hours’ participation per week.

This third Cohort integrates the lessons learned from the previous 2 cohorts, to make sure that the inputs of previous participants, best practices, and areas for improvement are considered.

As per the project outcome for Work Online Dominica Cohort 3 program, selected participants will be engaged in training sessions that will enable them to gain knowledge, tools, resources, and skills to access online freelance employment opportunities.

Throughout this past month, all selected participants were provided with technical and motivational support, through coaching sessions and individual one-on-one coaching calls. To date, there have been a total of six modules implemented, keeping within the implementation timeframe. Participants were also provided with video modules that were used as information for the completion of their weekly assignments.

To ensure that all participants attended the calls, and completed assignments and modules, a Monitoring and Evaluation sheet was created and is regularly updated by the Digital Skills Specialists as a means of capturing participants' attendance and completion of the various modules.

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Last month, we celebrated International Day of Education. This day is a global celebration of everyone's fundamental right to education. Access to education of all kinds - language, mathematics, skills training - creates long-term impact, providing livelihoods opportunities, teaching vulnerable communities about their rights, and supporting refugees integrate into their new communities.

Over the past few years since IsraAID first arrived in Dominica, we've embarked on quite a few education initiatives, seeking to educate and engage schools and communities across Dominica.

After hurricane Maria, IsraAID Dominica set up Child Friendly Spaces across the island to provide psychosocial support to children and educational opportunities, continuing to provide children with some sort of normality while everything around them was changing.

As the world came face-to-face with the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, we provided all primary schools on the island with PPE, including included hygiene posters, hand soap dispensers and hand soap. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we recognized the need to keep children engaged in learning opportunities and so we created a virtual recreation room where children could participate in fun learning activities.

In July 2021, we embarked on an Early Childhood Development Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project where we went to schools to engage preschoolers in a learning session and art and craft activity on DRR.

Last year we also piloted a program using Plethora technology where 5th and 6th grade students were able to improve on their mathematical and scientific skills.

As we dive into our programming for 2022, we are excited to continue our work in the Education sector, working more with young children and their families on how to prepare children for disasters in our DRR project, and how children can be active actors in the case of a crisis. In our DRR project, we will also be working in special education skills to engage students with different abilities.

Thanks you for supporting us as we work to ensure the people of Dominica are prepared for future disasters.

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Work Online Dominica (WOD) is an initiative by the Government of Dominica’s Ministry of Public Works and The Digital Economy, in collaboration with IsraAID, Dominica State College (DSC), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The aim of the initiative was to equip 60 professionals between the ages of 18 to 40 years with the tools and resources necessary to leverage their skills and experience to access online freelance opportunities, over the course of 12 weeks.

Following the successful WOD pilot, the partners integrated lessons learned and launched a second cohort of the program.

WOD Cohort 2 launched on 4 June 2021 at the Dominica State House. Presentations were given by the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; IsraAID Dominica’s Country Director; the Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors Security, and Dominicans with Disabilities; the Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, representing the Prime Minister; the Minister for Public Works and the Digital Economy; and a participant from the WOD pilot.

As of September 30, 2021, Work Online Dominica Cohort 2, 23 participants have been interviewed for jobs, and 12 secured online employment. This number is expected to increase exponentially as IsraAID continues to provide ongoing support to the participants of the cohort.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • At the end of the 12-week program, 12 applicants secured at least one online job. Most jobs were US-based, hourly, and were through the Upwork freelancing platform. Some participants also received Fiverr gigs from Canadian companies.
  • Participants attended a total of 23 interviews. Some individuals received interviews but did not get the job or declined the offer.
  • All participants acquired a minimum of 2 new high-demand digital skills. These include data entry, social media marketing, writing, and virtual assistant abilities.
  • According to feedback forms from participants, WOD 2 exceeded the expectations of 60% of participants. Additionally, 80% of participants would strongly recommend WOD to their families and friends.
  • 91.5% of participants believed the delivery of information related to digital skills training and online employment was highly effective.
  • 90% of participants have completed all the training modules.
  • 100% of participants have created an online-friendly resume.
  • 100% of participants have identified transferable skills.
  • 100% of participants have at least one profile on an online employment platform.
  • 100% of participants have completed a minimum of one platform-specific assessment.
  • All participants attended at least 80% of the graduating group coaching calls.

As you support us, we can support young Dominicans increase their employable skills and find jobs online. Thank you.

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Last week, IsraAID Dominica, the Ministry of Public Works and the Digital Economy, and UNDP launched the second Work Online Dominica program. We welcomed a new cohort of 60 people who will be part of our 12-week course on how to get started working online, find new sources of income, and increase financial stability. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how accessible the global economy can be, from anywhere in the world. 2020 increased the capabilities of many companies to hire and manage a remote workforce, opening job opportunities to people from different continents. With the right skills and training, some of the world's largest tech companies are accessible from the comfort of people's own homes. In a year that saw many people without a job, through our first round of Work Online Dominica, 55 young Dominicans found employment as freelancers or permanent staff with companies all over the world. 

Hear from Emily, a participant of our first round of Work Online Dominica:

"Work Online Dominica presents you with the master class of how to get started working online. Making available 12 comprehensive training modules, weekly group sessions, access to free skills training to help you build new skills or strengthen those you already have, and one-on-one coaching to tackle your personal challenges and polish your application, all with an exclusive community of like-minded individuals. You cannot get that level of value anywhere else. The trainers are truly experts when it comes to working online as freelancers or remote employees. I’ve always dreamt of working online, with the flexibility of choosing my working hours from the comfort of my own home. For over 10 months I’ve been employed by a US company. Working online takes discipline. You have to be self-motivated and confident. My experience is not unique, it resonates with every Work Online Dominica participant."

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As children returned to primary schools for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed education centers, IsraAID donated essential hygiene items to provide a "Healthy Return to School."

Together with the Ministry of Education, 243 soap dispensers, more than 2500 liters of antibacterial soap, and hundreds of reusable face masks were distributed, reaching 22 Early-Childhood Development centers and over 50 primary schools and across the island. Due to the long-term damage caused by Hurricane Maria, there are limited hygiene and sanitation facilities in some schools, making these distributions even more vital. 

The demand for cleaning supplies in Dominica tripled since the outbreak of the virus. With donations from one of our partners, we were able to fulfill some of that need to provide a safe environment for children to receive their education.

This is a part of IsraAid’s continued support of the Ministry of Education. One of our great pillars and components of our work here in Dominica is working closely with the education system, primarily with the Ministry, to do any efforts the Ministry sees fit and appropriate.

We are committed to staying in Dominica until at least 2024 which is a great opportunity for us to continue the relationship into the coming years in order to continue to build and strengthen resilience and do more control work on disaster risk management, reduction and readiness, both physical and mental.

With your continued support, we're able to provide primary school children with a safe return to school. Thank you. 

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