Expedia Group, Construction for Change, and Sextant Foundation are working together to bring solar power to six schools in Dominica. These schools – Castle Bruce, Atkinson Primary School, Atkinson Light House School, Sineku Primary School, Concord Primary School, and Salybia Primary School – were identified as high priorities by Prime Minister Skerrit after Hurricane Maria hit. They are located on the east coast of the island, which was vulnerable even prior to Maria, and is home to the last remaining indigenous population, the Kalinago Tribe, with the most at-risk youth.
Digicel (Dominica) Ltd. first rehabilitated each of the schools, ensuring that new roofs and structures were appropriately reinforced. An assessment of each facility was completed this summer, and the solar installation began in November. Our volunteers are working with local laborers to complete the work, and will ensure facilities staff can effectively manage the systems moving forward.
These systems will ensure a reliable, sustainable source of energy for the schools and the communities they serve in the event of another hurricane or natural disaster.
Hurricane Maria left 99% of Dominica without power. It resulted in loss of life and damage to critical infrastructure, including the island’s schools. Students had their education and routines disrupted, many being forced to travel long distances to different schools and attend at reduced schedules.
More than a year after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Dominica remains in urgent need of reliable and resilient power. With the potential for diesel shortages, landslides, and flooding, generators are not a sustainable solution. In the event of another hurricane or natural disaster, these systems will keep the lights, fans, and refrigerators running, and allow local residents to power communication devices – turning the schools into places of refuge.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Funding is secured for this project, but you can help us provide reliable energy solutions for future projects by donating here. Your contribution will help us cover our volunteer expenses, and support our ability to continue this work for health and education centers around the world.
Sextant Foundation is providing the technical expertise, and our volunteers are managing the installation.
Expedia Group is committed to funding solar systems to support community resiliency in the Caribbean in partnership with Construction for Change and the Sextant Foundation.
Construction for Change builds spaces where people can become healthier, better educated, and increase economic mobility. They are serving as the project manager.
Digicel (Dominica) Ltd. is focused on supporting educational, cultural and social development programs in its partner communities. They are providing guidance on local resources, project approval channels through the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Works, and onsite coordination.
We have two volunteers identified for this project, but there are others that need your help. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering on future projects.