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Contact: Lucius Doxerie


Wednesday March, 4, 2009 –  On Tuesday March 3, 2009, the Soufriere Town Council hosted a handing over ceremony of projects funded by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Constituency of Soufriere. The ceremony was held at the Soufriere Primary School which was the recipient of a computer lab that was officially opened and handed over on that day.


These projects entailed bus shelters, at Fond Doux, Fond Gens Libres, and Myers Bridge. Other projects are a drain at Baron’s Drive, repairs to the Des Bottes  road, exchange program between Martinique (St Anne’s) and Soufriere, playing field repair at Belfond, footpaths at Zenon, computer lab for the Soufriere Primary School, computers for the CARE School in Soufriere, computers for the Soufriere Infant School, computers for the Les Etangs Combined School, wheel chairs for the Soufriere Special Education School, scholarships to underprivileged students in the community and a public bathroom facility at Baron’s Drive.


The presents were well received by the community and have made a positive impact on the community by providing more sanitary conditions and easier access for people in the communities.

Minister in the Ministry of Education Senator Gaspard Charlemagne, who attended the ceremony pointed out that numerous computers purchased for schools and other government projects including NSDC have been stolen over the last few months. “It is imperative that you make the best possible use of these computers to develop yourselves as we are into a globalised world where everyone competes directly,” Charlemagne told the students.


Taiwan's Ambassador to Saint Lucia  His Excellency Tom Chou said that he has been impressed with the Soufriere Town Council’s approach and initiatives. He also complimented the Soufriere Town Council on their work and stated that their way should be a model to be emulated by other communities.”


Principal of the Soufriere Primary School, Mr. Felix Gill indicated that the computers will help enforce the school’s reading program and assist students to realize the benefits of reading.


Chairperson of the Soufriere Town Council, Anthonia Alcindor indicated that this was the culmination of the Council’s work for the year and that hopes that there is continued cooperation between the Soufriere Town Council and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the future.

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