Eighteen students and 2 professors from the University of Vermont have completed four community projects in Saint Lucia.
Thee projects consisted of a kitchen garden at the Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre, a survey of the Piton Management Area in Soufriere, a Survey on the Banking Sector in and media podcast on the Piton Management Area.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Vermont Thomas DeSisto applauded the partnership with the people of Saint Lucia.
“All for these projects this year and all previous years were in truth the brain child of people of Saint Lucia that we collaborated with, and we think that is absolutely critical,” he told the Information Unit of the Consumer Affairs Department.
According to the unit, the partnership between the university and the Ministry of Commerce has spanned a 16 year period, during which they have engaged in several community projects.
Director of Consumer Affairs Guillaume Simon expressed satisfaction with the collaboration.
“This agreement which was initially conceptualised to just benefit the Consumer Affairs Department has evolved. And it has expanded its reach to include collaborations and exchanges with other national and social partners like the Piton Management Area, we’ve partnered as well with community groups so that speaks well in terms of the partnership and the collaboration between St Lucia and the University of Vermont,” Simon stated.
Previous projects include HIV/AIDS Education,instituting Soccer at the Dennery Primary School, conducting a Consumer Cable and Internet Services Survey and installing a micro-hydro system on the island of Saint Lucia.