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An initial amount of US$ 1.5 million is required to get the fundraising process for this project started.
The eventual amount would be around US$ 14 million.
Being a not-for-profit project, it would not fit into the investment profile for an Angel Funder or Venture Capitalist.
We have therefore made arrangements with the Singapore-based entity who would be assisting in raising the project funds, for a 2X return to the investor/funder in 18 months.
An outright grant or a sponsorship from a Foundation or Trust would be even more helpful.

Damaged SchoolBackground
The Caribbean and Hurricanes are synonymous. Amongst the structures damaged by hurricanes in the Caribbean over the past few years, have been school buildings. This has required children to be shifted to temporary accommodations, sometimes more than once, with resultant disruptions to their school schedules.

Funds for rebuilding are hard to come by since Government’s have their own priorities, so concerned parents decided to pursue their own initiative for raising funds. It has been decided to make
the new school buildings, hurricane-proof and self-sustaining with their own renewable energy and water supply. The first two schools will come up in Dominica and St Kitts.
The funds required for the project are between US$ 12 to 15 million. For raising those funds it is required to have an initial fund amount of US$ 1.5 million

and St Kitts have different requirements.
      The last hurricane, Hurricane Maria, hit Dominica on 18 September 2017, with wind speeds of 165 mph, (265 kmph), causing very heavy damage, from which the island has still not recovered. The majority of structures were seriously damaged and destroyed, and most trees and vegetation were downed and/or defoliated. According to media reports, the estimated damage total in Dominica was at least $1.31 billion.
      St Kitts on the other hand, has been subject to severe thunderstorms, but with damage to structures nevertheless.

What will be created
SkillsThe new buildings that will be made will be designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane in Dominica, and a Category 4 hurricane in St Kitts. They would be self-sustainable in terms of water, electricity, and food.

The new schools will encompass academics as well as a wide range of skill training, in tune with current trends, enabling students to start a career after finishing school or going for further studies.

It is proposed to have an operational funding structure in place to manage the schools so that there is no financial burden on students, and the recurring expenses would be generated through returns on investments managed by a Foundation or Trust.

Power will be generated via Solar Panels, and Wind Turbines, (placed underground), with a battery or fuel cell backup.
     Water supply will be via rainwater harvesting and Atmospheric Water Generators, with purification sytems for potable water.
     Pesticide free vegetables for the kitchens will be grown in a controlled environment system.
     Waste water will be treated and re-used, using a dual piping system.
     Organic material, (kitchen peels, grass, etc.), will be processed to produce, gas, water, and manure.
What the new schools will be like
The building, utilities and facilities will be split into two parts for age groups 4 – 12 (the Junior School) and the +12s (the Senior School).

The buildings will have two wings, separated by a boundary wall, with the administrative block being in the centre, with the two principals and their teaching and administrative staff.

A 9-hole golf course (around 75 acres) will be the third physical area of the school, and given the area required may be at some distance from the main school buildings, depending on the availability of land. More below.


The general consensus of parents and teachers was, that a physical separation was required to prevent instances of bullying or abuse, till the children had been taught, and were of an age to handle such situations.
Fields of learning and skill training
In addition to the regular school curriculum, there would be four broad heads of learning, which will encompass practical training, so that those not wishing to study further would be ready to take up an independent career or jobs. (The fields can be changed as required to meet current and future requirements).

Humanities — Music, Theatre, Film Production, Sound Recording, Photography, Performing Arts, Languages, Multi-media Arts, Dramatics, Public Speaking, Animation
Trade and Services — Carpentry, Welding, Home Repair, Air Conditioner Repairs, Plumbing, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design/ Garment Making, Cosmetology, Event Planning, Flower Arrangement, Hotel Management, Secretarial Services, Farming
Engineering — Auto Engine Repair, Electrical Vehicle Maintenance, Basics of Solar and Wind Power, Basics of Power Supply and Water Supply Grids, and any other required field
Technology — Computer Software and Hardware, Mobile Apps, and Mobile Phone repair, and any other required field

The basic thought behind these schools is that children who finish school, will be in a position to start earning with the training and skills they have developed.
     The schools will coordinate with Colleges, Universities and other Institutes of Higher Learning, so that those opting for further studies would not have any difficulty in joining those institutions on passing out from school.

Air-conditioned Classrooms with audio-visual facilities.
Art Studio for art and painting classes (paintings would be displayed in art exhibitions for sale).
Photographic Studios – 2 (one for seniors and one for juniors).
Fashion Design Studio for teaching cutting and designing of clothes.
      Students would showcase their designs at an annual fashion show.
      (10 to 12-year olds can also be introduced to the basics).
Science Laboratories (Senior and Junior)
Small Auditorium for the Juniors.
Main Auditorium with green rooms.
Fully equipped Music Room, with musical instruments.
Library with Internet facilities and audio-visual facilities.
Infirmary with a nurse, and a teacher trained in first-aid.
Cool purified drinking water.
Cafetaria/Mess with an in-house fully equipped kitchen
      Mid-day meals will be provided by the school.
      Will also be used to teach baking and cooking to both boys and girls.

      No junk food, or aerated drinks.
Separate Cafeteria/Mess for the Juniors (Their dietary needs are different from the seniors).
Stationery Shop (with subsidised and free items)
Multi-media Studio with sound stage and recording facilities, and rooms for indoor sets. Students would learn sound recording, video shooting, mixing, editing of films and associated skills to get practical experience of making films, music albums, advertising shorts, etc.
Would be available for students and young people in the Caribbean who want to make short low-cost films, documentaries. (Separate facilities for anyone wanting to make documentaries or feature films).
Gymnasium; Playground equipment for the Juniors.
Dojo for learning martial arts (self-defence for girls), one for the Seniors and one for the Juniors.
Tennis Courts (synthetic turf).
Indoor Courts
      Table Tennis
      Football (Futsal)
Olympic sized Swimming Pool
      Smaller sized swimming pool for the Juniors.

This indicates facilities that can be hired out. The layout will be so designed that these facilities have a separate public entrance.

As can be observed, the guiding thought behind these schools is to provide facilities for the development of skills, which will enable students to move into an earning position.
      The provision of certain professional facilities have been planned so that they can be made available to young people like aspiring film-makers, singers, musical groups, creators of jingles, and others, who may not have the financial strength at the start of their careers to hire commercial facilities.
      Sports facilities have been planned so that by the time they finish school, many of them can think of a career as professional sportsmen and women.
      The schools will cordinate with organisations to arrange sponsorships for sending students to participate in tournaments, at home and abroad.
      Apart from these there would be potential dress designers, artists, professional photographers, chefs, web designers, technicians, tradespeople, and others.
Needless to say, the school would like students to demonstrate a defined level of achievement, in academics as well as their chosen fields, in order to qualify for continuing financial support from the schools.
      Recognizing that each child is talented, the schools will make all efforts to identify and nurture those talents.
GolfFor a normal person playing golf represents a great effort. Unless a child’s parents are reasonably well off, it can be a major effort. To make it possible and accessible, the schools would be setting up a 9-hole international quality golf course spread over 75 acres. It is intended to start training children from the age of 5 and 7, (no they wouldn’t be playing golf, but getting used to hitting a ball according to their abilities and generally getting used to a golf course). The school will get the ones who show talent, to participate in tournaments intra – and internationally. By the time they finish school, several of them should be ready for a career as professional golfers.

Children in schools generally have to make use of external golf courses, (if  those courses agree to set apart some time for children, which is a very big if). This would possibly be the first dedicated golf course in the world, belonging to a school. It would also be available to children of other schools, who would like to be trained.

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