28 Kalinagoes graduate under the Community Capacity Building Project
A building construction and house retrofit training module came to an end on July 7th, seeing 28 Kalinagoes graduating from the 11-week program. The program was funded by the Government of Dominica and the Caribbean Development Bank to the tune of 8.6 million dollars, and falls under the Carib Territory Community Capacity Building Project.
The primary objective of the project was to enhance the capacity of the residents and institutions in the Carib Territory, to plan and manage interventions and to provide basic infrastructure and support for income generation.
Mr John Fontaine was the project coordinator.
“The project component includes house retrofitting training, enterprise and cultural development, herb production, offshore fisheries, arts and crafts and tourism. We also will see the development of a local area plan for the Carib Territory, institutional strengthening and management capacity,” said Fontaine.
Consultant Mr Severin McKenzie was the facilitator of the training. He told the participants that with the CSME coming into effect, their skills and knowledge will be beneficial both in Dominica and throughout the region.
“I am happy that the practical part of it will become a reality where they will actually put what they have learnt into practice. I pray that the participants will get the opportunity to practice what they have learnt here in the Carib Territory, in Dominica and the OECS,” said McKenzie.
Carib Chief Garnette Joseph commended the participants for their dedication towards the training.
“This shows the level of determination and willingness to learn more even if you are already in the construction business. It is to build on your strength and carry your skills further,” said Joseph.
Minister for Carib Affairs, Honorable Ashton Graneau also addressed the ceremony.
He told the participants that “The real test comes when you will be challenged to construct a house, or even before that, you will have to first do the preparatory work putting all what you have learnt into practice.”
Nineteen participants received completion certificates while 9 received participation certificates. Among the 28 participants there was one woman; Ms Annemarie Burton who was applauded for her interest in the training.