The Soufrière Primary School is located on the southwest tip of the island of Dominica. Due to the recent damage caused by Hurricane Maria, a number of projects have been expedited and other projects have been delayed. The projects we are focusing on are a garden, a chicken coop, a basketball court, and looking into a redesigned water supply system. Additionally, we have planned a school supply drive to go towards the primary school in late November and early December.
The mission of our team is to plan different projects throughout the year to help the Soufrière Primary school and implement the projects on our trips to Dominica. Our goal is to help with the learning experience for the local community. This semester, our focus is specifically working towards the development of a garden so that the students not only have access to food, but can also gain agricultural and vocational skills.
The main goal of this group is the planning and implication of a garden outside the primary school. The school has a field designated for the hopeful location of the garden that is large enough to support the designed plan. The garden will contain multiple types of plants and fruit trees that are easy to care for and will do well in the tropical climate of Dominica. Our group is hopeful that the garden will provide food for the children while also teaching them the responsibility of caring for the garden. Along with the garden, there are plans of implementing a greenhouse to help protect some of the more delicate plants from the strong storms and constant rain.
In the future, we are optimistic about the amount of improvements we can bring to the school. We would really like to design and construct a chicken coop so that the children have a steady supply of fresh eggs for breakfast and other meals. Another project that we believe would be beneficial for the children would be the construction of a basketball court. We have already obtained LiDAR scans for the proposed location of the court and would like to be able to create a model to plan for the construction of the court. In the long term, a safe water supply at the school would be optimal for the well being of the children.