The Dominica Secondary School Support Association (DASSSA), a UK based charity, has donated one thousand and five hundred pounds (£1500.00) to the Education Trust Fund to further assist students in Dominica.
The cheque was handed over to the Education Trust Fund during a small ceremony held at the Education Trust Fund building on Cornwall Street, Roseau on Thursday 9 August.
DASSSA representative, Cathy McClain informed that the charity was started by citizens residing in the UK who wanted to give back to Dominica.
“Our main aim is to support a bursary program where we can support students who are identified by their schools as having potential to do well in secondary school, but perhaps don’t have the means to be attending school because they have financial challenges,” McClain stated.
McClain went on to note that DASSSA has also extended gifted the Achievement Learning Center to assist students with special disabilities, as well as the St. Mary’s Academy, among other projects.
“We have also for many years now supported the SPICE program, which supports young people who have a scientific interest and we always ensure that there are Dominicans included in that program,” McCain added.
In accepting the donation, Chairman of the Education Trust Fund, Willy Fevrier said it will assist the organization to execute its three areas of focus.
“We are mandated as a board to raise our own funds, to ensure that no child is left behind and what we concentrate on is transportation where there is no school bus, registration fees from school to school and CXC examination fees,” Fevrier stated.