On Thursday August 18, 2016, the St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) held the opening of tenders meeting at 2:00 p.m. for Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEC) under the Education and HRD portfolio funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of St. Lucia costing USD$1,626,323.70. These projects include the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Marigot, Mirja Sach, Babonneau and construction of the Dennery (ECECs). Present at the meeting were representatives from SSDF, consultants and respective contractors.
Ravine Poisson is located in the Bexon community. There currently exist a 50 year old public facility in the community which serves the residents, but it has become dilapidated due to a history of poor maintenance and increased demand by residents. Of the three components of the facility (shower, toilet and laundry) only one shower and toilet are presently functional for both male and female which creates a situation of lack of privacy. Pipes in the laundry are broken or leaking and the walls within the facility are falling apart. The toilet is broken and mold grows quickly on the unpainted concrete surface as the showers are uncovered creating difficulties for the caretakers to maintain. The roof of the laundry, toilet area and iron beams are corroded and the wood covering is rotten.
The newly constructed facility will improve the sanitary conditions/services offered to the residents of Ravine Poisson. A water resource and sanitation management training component is planned for residents. The facility will also provide safe pipe borne water to residents with the construction of a water tank, as they still rely heavily on natural springs. This project is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)/Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Program 7 and the Government of St. Lucia at a cost of USD 184,309.00/EC$ 496,694.00.
Perou is a small rural community in the Castries South East constituency. Residents at the bottom of the Perou hill don’t have access to quality and regular water supply. The distance of the spaghetti lines connected illegally to the top of the hill causes water wastage as residents have no control when there is a busted pipe. The island’s water authority policy is that water connections are not given to household 200ft away from the mains which is the situation of the Perou community. Therefore, residents at the bottom of the hill are forced to get illegal connections using spaghetti pipes through the few residents who have water connections at the top. This makes the water pressure low and the community vulnerable to loss of lives and property in the case of a fire. As a result of the small water extension sub project in Perou, La Croix Maingot, with a training component for residents on water resource management, all households will have the opportunity to access a legal, regular and quality water supply. This project is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)/Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Program 7 and the Government of St. Lucia at a cost of USD 114,440.00/EC$ 308,404.00
The following is the list of approved Water and Sanitation Sub-Projects funded by the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund Program 7 and the Government of St. Lucia.
These projects promote universal access to health, education, water and sanitation and the protection of vulnerable groups and individuals. The expected outcome upon completion will be improved access to regular and quality water supply and sanitation.
WATER AND SANITATION SECTOR PORTFOLIO
|US$||EC$||CDB/BNTF PROGRAM||DATE OF AWARD||
George Charles Boulevard Public Facility, Castries
|250,650||675,477||7||27 Nov. 2015||11 Dec. 2015||4 Jan. 2016||27 May 2016|
Ravine Poisson Public Facility Replacement, Bexon, Castries
|184,309||496,694||7||27 Nov. 2015||11 Dec. 2015||4 Jan. 2016||6 May 2016|
Bouton, Soufriere Water Extension
|600,000||1,616,940||7||28 Oct. 2015||16 Nov. 2015||23 May 2016||28 Aug. 2016|
|Perou Water Supply Upgrade, La Croix Maingot, Castries||114,440||308,404||7||10 Oct. 2015||26 Oct. 2015||4 April, 2016||10 May, 2016|
George Charles Boulevard is an inner city community faced with a number of social ills. Lack of the basic amenities of water and access to sanitation affects the socio-economic situation of the residents. The community’s stand pipe and general area are used for personal hygiene activities and washing, as showers and toilets do not form part of their dwellings. The residents thus engage in poor waste disposal practices which make the community unsanitary as faeces can be found in and out of nylon bags around the community.
This large sub project will improve the sanitary condition of the community through the construction of a public facility and skills training will improve the economic opportunities of residents. his project is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)/Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Program 7 and the Government of St. Lucia at a cost of USD 250,650.00/EC$ 675,477.00
This is done via the use of the Poverty Index. The Poverty Index is constructed from socio-economic data captured in the latest national Census (2001). It is indicative of the level of deprivation of communities (measured by access to services such as water and electricity supply) and the living conditions of households within these communities (income and expenditure data, as well as the size of households).
Yes, through either the housing and educational assistance programs.
Yes, the SSDF proposal must address the needs of low income groups or communities subsequent to qualifying for any such assistance.
The sponsors are the financial organizations such as The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The European Union (EU) , and The Government of St.Lucia (GOSL) who fund SSDF's various project initiatives.
All proposals are numerically numbered so reference would be made to that project number for an update. A project status can be checked on by visiting, calling or emailing SSDF, or via the SSDF website
No, SSDF does not loan money.
There is no limit to the number of projects offered to a community however; SSDF will normally execute one project per community at a time.
A proposal would be rejected by SSDF if they were to qualify as:
"Uplifting People, Transforming Communities"