The Petite Savanne Primary School received a facelift through a programme established by the National Bank of Dominica Ltd. Earlier this year, NBD launched Beyond Banking, a staff volunteer programme that focuses on community development and presents employees of the Bank with an opportunity to give back to their communities.
The first project under this programme started in June at the Petite Savanne Primary School, with the erection of a fence surrounding the school’s grounds. A team of community workers also installed a front gate, repaired the existing back gate and fixed the retaining wall. The project was completed over the August Monday weekend with the undertaking of a beautification project.
“We wanted to secure the school’s grounds and protect our children” stated Nellisa Anslem, employee at NBD and team leader of the project. Ms. Anselm explained that, “the completed project allows the students and teachers to enjoy a safe and secure environment, and provides beautiful surroundings for our children to learn, socialize and enjoy their childhood. The bonus… parents can have peace of mind while at work, knowing that their child is safe in a comfortable environment.”
“The project was well received by the school” continued Ms. Anselm, “I am proud to have assisted my community, while living NBD’s mandate – to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”
Volunteers of the project included NBD’s employees, parents and teachers of the Petite Savanne Primary School and other community members. Support was also provided by other corporate citizens and governmental departments throughout the project. These include Maxroy Trading, The Forestry Division, The Local Government Departments and Carib Sand & Stones. The Parliamentary Representative for Petite Savanne, Dr. Kenneth Darroux also gave his support to the project. Special assistance was given by Mac’s Plant Nursery, who donated some of the plants and lent his expertise to the beautification project.
Through the Beyond Banking Staff Volunteer Programme, NBD staff members can submit proposals for projects that they wish to undertake in their community. Successful projects are funded to a tune of $5,000, and the winning staff applicants lead a group of staff and community volunteers to implement the project.
“It’s an avenue for staff to make Dominica a better place, starting in their own local communities,” said Michael Bird, Managing Director of NBD. “This programme gives staff the opportunity to participate in a more meaningful way in the development of their communities.”