Dominica Arts and Crafts Producers Association (DACPA) donated school supplies to the Newtown primary on behalf of Kemai John (a member of DACPA) for his hard work in assisting both the Newtown community and the primary school.
President of DACPA, Vanessa Lissa Winston said at the presentation which was held at the school recently, that support needs to be given to those who help in building up their organization.
“Today we are here to support Kemai and to support the Newtown Primary. Kemai is one of the members of DACPA and he has been working very closely with the Newtown Primary and as a member and being part of an organization, we need to support those that are helping to build the organization,” she said.
“It’s not just taking, sometimes you have to give back and today we have an opportunity to be able to give. It may not be as much as we would love to but we have an opportunity to be able to give back to the Newtown primary school on behalf of Kemai John in full support of DACPA,” Winston stated.
The donation consisted of 20 packages of school kits and care packs which Winston said she was certain that the school principal would use with discretion to ensure that those who are most in need, benefit.
Meantime, Project Officer of the Roseau South consistency, Kemai John spoke about the DACPA projects which are being undertaken at the Newtown Primary school
“One of the projects that we have ongoing is the Newtown Bwa-Bwa Academy that we have seen several students come on board to learn this cultural art form and it obviously contributes to the development of culture and also talent,” he said.
He said the Bwa-Bwa Academy has provided the opportunity for some Newtown youth who might otherwise have been on the streets, to come into the school which is a safe zone, to learn that art form.
“Some of the other activities we have happening in the school are the Roseau South Nurseries and after Hurricane Maria we realized that food security was an issue, likewise the climate change…We needed to replant the forest… to do some form of plant propagation while addressing the issue of food security and also creating an environment where by the children could understand and see from the beginning stages where the food comes from,” John explained.
The Principal thanked DACPA for their donation and assured the group that the materials received will enhance the learning experience at her school.