PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has completed a number of key infrastructure rehabilitation works in the Soufriere/Fond St Jacques constituency.
The works included repairing and reconstructing sidewalks, drains, rubble walls, roads and the de-bushing of several key areas in the district.
As a community-based development organization, one of the mandates of the Soufriere Foundation is to foster economic development and improve community infrastructure.
As a result, the organization annually undertakes the construction and/or rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructure so as to achieve its mandate.
This year’s mid-year project had a significant economic impact on the district with approximately EC$465,939.75 spent and over two hundred (200) residents employed on various elements of the project.
According to the Soufriere Foundation’s Project and Operations Manager, Dominic Alexander, “The construction and maintenance of community infrastructure dates back to the organisation’s early days. The construction of the Soufriere waterfront, jetties and Comfort Centre are notable examples of the organisation’s earlier contributions.”
“This year a key street within the town, Delia Street, and about 117 metres of road between the Delcer/Fond Gens Libre gap and the Fond Gens Libre bridge were completely rebuilt and one parallel drain built along the latter. A significant number of blocked drains and culverts were also unclogged to facilitate the free flow of water which can become a hazard during the hurricane season.”
He added, “The undertaking of the project was not just to develop the infrastructure in and around the community but also to strategically assist parents given the obvious financial demands which occur due to the re-opening of school”.
The works which began in early August and ended on September 15th, 2015 benefitted individuals from the communities of Fond Gen Libre, Bois Den, Fond St Jacques, Bouton and the Soufriere town. The Soufriere Foundation hopes to embark on a similar infrastructure rehabilitation drive during the month of December as part and parcel of its customary end of year enhancement works.
A resident of Soufriere, Mrs. Jessie Clovis, commended the efforts of the Soufriere Foundation. Mrs. Clovis stated, “I am so happy the road was repaired, given the length of time since the passing of Hurricane Tomas,” she also added that there was now a need for speed bumps since motorists felt at liberty to drive with less caution given the roads refurbishment.
The Soufriere Foundation is a non-profit company located in Soufriere. Its mandate is to undertake social, cultural, human resource, tourism and infrastructure development in the Soufriere area. The organization which was established in 1991 generates revenues from its operational sites the Sulphur Springs Park, Gros Piton Nature Trail, Comfort Center, Soufriere jetties and 88.5 Soufriere FM.