Unite BVI, which is nonprofit organization founded by Sir Richard Branson in observance of the near one-year mark since hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled the BVI shared updates on some of the projects that have been worked on.
The organization which is directly funded by Virgin Unite announced that it has been focusing on the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and environmental protection.
While noting its contributions in the area of education Unite BVI mentioned its collaboration with the BVI government to rebuild the Bregado Flax Educational Center. It was announced that the project has been moving forward.
Some of the completed tasks include structural surveys and new architectural drawings for the building that is expected to be resilient. Other completed tasks include demolition and other preparatory works. It was stated that works would move forward on the roof on the main classroom block at the secondary school.
As part of its contribution to education UNITE BVI said that it has provided more funding to the Chromebook project – which is a collaboratively funded project aimed at enriching education in the public high school system through the donation of over 650 computers for students and staff at the 10th to 12th grade levels. “We’re working with the Ministry of Education to provide teacher training and to integrate this technology in the classroom,” the organization announced.
Additionally Unite BVI divulged that they have provided grants to the Youth Empowerment Project, and MALE, which are two initiatives that are making positive impacts in the community.
“These grants have enabled them to purchase mini-buses so that they can expand their reach across the BVI. We have also been supporting summer programmes with both organisations and helped YEP to acquire a computer lab,” Unite BVI announced.
On the other hand ‘Write to Read’, a summer programme that focuses on enriching literacy skills among elementary school age students who have fallen behind due to the hurricanes delaying the start of school in 2017 have also benefited from the organization’s generosity.
Similarly the organization has assisted with disaster risk reduction and resilience training in the Territory; as well as helped to boost entrepreneurship through a trade-skill development programme and the KickStart BVI Small Business Loan Program.
Unite BVI also announced that they are providing funding to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), who have been working with the government and the BVI Electricity Corporation to develop an energy strategy for the future; as well as supporting the expansion of a recycling programme from Virgin Gorda to Tortola.