For needy students receiving an education can be difficult if they are lacking the necessary supplies required to make life at school a bit easier.
Access to a proper school bags, pens, pencils and the like may sound simple but can be a challenge to a needy family.
It is with this in mind that four young people came together to form what they refer to as “Project Book Bag.”
One member of the group, Merlisha Casimir, told Dominica News Online that this project began six years ago when they realized the plight of many students attending school on the island.
“For the past six years we have been providing school supplies to students,” she explained. “At first we were selecting areas that were a little less fortunate around the island but then we decided to each and every area because we realized that there were some areas that were not given any attention.”
Casimir noted that Project Book Bag provides students with school supplies which they will need for their success at school. Among the supplies donated are school bags, pens, pencils, pencil cases and books.
“There are so many students and not every parent has the means to send them to school,” Casimir said. “They actually have difficulty in providing for them so we do this project in a way that it can help them out. We realize that if we help them with school supplies that will cut down on the expense that they have yearly to send students to school.”
Casimir explained that Project Book Bag depends on fundraising events and sponsorship to assist those in need.
“We host many fundraising activities and try to source as many sponsors as possible,” she stated. “Most of the time it is done through fundraising activities because we are not registered, so it is difficult to find sponsors. However, sometimes instead of paying, people will sponsor supplies and also we recently got help from the Ministry of Education with the shipping of the barrels down to Dominica.”
Project Book Bag will make a donation to the students of the Colihaut Primary School on Tuesday 17th September, 2013.