Carpentry Training Facility for Soufriere Comprehensive School

Soufriere, May 29, 2013
The Soufriere Comprehensive School will have a Carpentry Training Facility thanks to a Small Grants Scheme of the German Embassy based in Trinidad and represented in Saint Lucia by their Honorary Consul Mrs, Karolin Troubetzkoy.
Carpentry Training Facility Enlarge image Mr. Ullrich Kinne at the ground breaking ceremony (© Karolin Troubetzkoy) The Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy, Mr. Ullrich Kinne, together with Mrs. Troubetzkoy and Joan Hippolyte, Principal of the Comprehensive School took part at the ground breaking ceremony. Present also were Mr. Marcus Edward, Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Valencia Charlery, Education Officer for District Eight, a representative for Hon. Harold Dalson and Mr. Walter Francois C.E.O. of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation.

Mrs, Hippolyte, in her welcome remarks, expressed sincere appreciation to the German Embassy for their generosity and thanked the Honorary Consul Karolin Troubetzkoy for her commitment to the school community. She stated that more than 600 students ages 11 - 16  will benefit from the Carpentry Training Centre which will greatly assist to prepare approximately 60 graduates annually for the work place and offer them a good opportunity to find employment in the field of carpentry on basis of this initial qualification and vocational course.

The Small Grants Scheme of the German Embassy - as part of the technical cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and partner countries - was first introduced in 1980 to give German missions abroad the ability to assist communities who require small amounts of financial aid in initiating "hands-on" projects that assist in improving the social and economic situation. Eligible groups can be governmental or non-governmental organizations, cooperatives or associations, etc. The recipient partner has to actively contribute either by providing labour, training facilities and/or trainers. The project should be self-supporting after initial funding. The project must be small scale; a maximum sum of EUR 25.000,00 (or equivalent in the respective local currency) per project has been set. In Saint Lucia, several projects were funded through the Small Grants Scheme, including a new kitchen and student dining room at the Bouton Elementary School, relief aid after Hurricane Tomas and a solar panel project for the St. Lucia National Trust.

For more information contact the German Honorary Consulate via email