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Saba: construction of greenhouse for senior citizens completed

The construction of a new greenhouse adjacent to the hospital in The Bottom has been completed. The wheelchair-accessible greenhouse was built for clients of the LIFE Center, a program for senior citizens.

Clients of the LIFE Center program joined Commissioner of Healthcare and Agriculture Rolando Wilson and representatives of the Saba LIFE Center in a visit to the location last week.

The construction of the 22-foot by 12-foot greenhouse by Donisa Construction started in late February and was completed in March. The structure is made of wood and has netting on the sides so the wind can pass through it. The greenhouse has shelves for the plants at wheelchair height. There is a wheelchair ramp put in place by Work Monster, the company that also poured the foundation of the greenhouse.

Commissioner Wilson said he was content that the project had been completed so swiftly. He thanked the contractors. He pointed out that there are multiple benefits to this project. “Not only will this help keep the clients of LIFE Center healthy, strong and active, but it will also give them the opportunity to grow their own plants and vegetables – do something that they like,” he said.

Some of the materials to grow plants have already been ordered, while donations of additional material are most welcome. This comprehensive project has several advantages for the clients: it promotes healthy eating, offers recreational activities in the fresh air, and being engaged in outside activities together reduces loneliness.

The US $21,000 greenhouse project is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate EZK, the Public Entity Saba and the Benevolent Foundation. A similar greenhouse has also been constructed at the Sacred Heart School so children can learn about growing their own vegetables.

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