The Maracas St. Joseph El Luengo Community Council’s dream of creating a learning environment conducive to educational strengthening for its youth is becoming a reality with a grant from the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) which funds community initiatives.
The funding was used to purchase furniture and equipment such as chairs, desks, white boards, books as well as computers to outfit a lab. El Luengo residents volunteered their time building the computer lab, constructing a bookcase, painting, setting up the computers and installing additional security features at the community centre.
Computer literacy classes will be conducted at the community centre and the group plans to use a blended approach to learning, with the hopes of reducing school drop outs and encourage more parental involvement. The space will be utilised in other income-generating initiatives, to off-set the cost of running the community centre.