Babonneau primary school greenhouse project gets funding

By the end of this month, the Babonneau Primary School on Saint Lucia will be benefiting from an upgraded greenhouse. This is because the school received an injection of funds from insurance giant Sagicor, which recently donated $6,000 to the school, sealing the deal on its continued commitment to support the school’s efforts in this area.

The donation was made during the month of February and work on the project is currently ongoing with strong support from the teachers and the students at the school. Sagicor has also committed to volunteer time to ensure the continued upkeep of the greenhouse.

The greenhouse initiative has several benefits for the school. In addition to supporting the School’s Feeding Program which provides meals to about 50 students daily, the project has the added benefit of providing students with the necessary skills for growing their own food as well as providing the school with raw materials as an additional source of revenue.

Ms. Tessa Bartlette, Acting Principal for the school shared some background on the school and the program. She said, “The Babonneau Primary School is over 95 years old with a current population of 130 students. The school decided to launch its first greenhouse project about 11 years ago out of a need to help support its feeding program but it fell into disrepair just before covid hit following one of the hurricanes. This year the school felt it was necessary to get the project back up and running and when we reached out to Sagicor we were delighted to receive their positive response.”

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