L_R Mrs Mirium Blanchard, Minister of Public Works being ably assisted by Shanna Alectin, a student of Goodwill Primary School, with the unveiling of the plaque. Looking on are Nicholson Dodds, Country Manager Rubis Dominica and Peter St. Jean, Minister of Education.
As the vast rebuilding task in Dominica continues after the passage of Hurricane Maria, Rubis West Indies Limited is playing their part.
The energy company recently renovated the auditorium of the Goodwill Primary School. The project involved the addition of eight classrooms to accommodate the school’s student body, as decided by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development. Completed at a cost of EC$190,000, construction took approximately three months under the watchful eye of the local contractors Edghill Fortune Associates Ltd.
Nicholson Dodds, Country Representative for RUBIS explained, “The children were displaced from school in September 2017 after the hurricane and we saw the opportunity to assist with the renovation of the Goodwill Primary School’s auditorium to ensure that the over 450 students returned to school as soon as possible.”
Mr Dodds also spoke about Rubis’ involvement in other community projects such as Operation Youth Quake, a non-profit, non-government organization working with troubled and displaced young people between 12-18 years.” He said, “Rubis has also rendered assistance to Operation Youth Quake by assisting with repairs to the organization’s facility.”
The children returned to the classroom on January 3rd, 2018 and the Principal, Ms. Gretta Roberts and her staff have worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition for the children.
An official ceremony was held on January 19th, 2018 to reopen the schools’ auditorium and to recognize the efforts of those involved in the project. During the event, an award was presented to Rubis in recognition of its contribution to the development of education in Dominica.