San­dals Foun­da­tion In­jects Over $40,000 in Equip­ping Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The San­dals Foun­da­tion has re­cently in­jected EC$40,737 into the en­hance­ment of the Fond St. Jac­ques Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre.

The San­dals Foun­da­tion part­nered with the Fond St. Jac­ques Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee last year in a bid to re­ju­ve­nate the cen­tre and pro­vide an out­let for youth to re­search, learn and com­mu­ni­cate through tech­nol­ogy.

With the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sup­port, the fa­cil­ity – which op­er­ates as an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy lab, In­ter­net café and in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre – has been out­fit­ted with a wide range of equip­ment such as a re­frig­er­a­tor, ta­bles and chairs, a pro­jec­tor with screen, lap­top and desk­top com­put­ers, a mul­ti­me­dia recorder, a 40” flat screen tele­vi­sion, an all-in-one printer and scan­ner with a copier and fax ma­chine.

“Com­mu­nity cen­tres are im­por­tant to the over­all well-be­ing and devel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties,” said Heidi Clarke, direc­tor of pro­grammes for the San­dals Foun­da­tion.

“They pro­vide a safe space for learn­ing, men­tor­ship, youth devel­op­ment and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. We hope the new equip­ment will ad­dress the needs of all age groups at this cen­tre and en­hance learn­ing among our youth as the San­dal Foun­da­tion in­tended.”

The up­grades are ex­pected to ben­e­fit res­i­dents in Fond St. Jac­ques and those living within the sub­com­mu­ni­ties of Belle Plaine, Bois d’Inde, Esper­ance, Ti Bough, Belvedere, La Couwan, L’tang, Mocha, Migny, St. Phillip and Ravine Claire.

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