The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund

by International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)
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The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
The Saint Lucia National Trust C-19 Relief Fund
Maria Major- one of Saint Lucia's Offshore Islands
Maria Major- one of Saint Lucia's Offshore Islands

The Saint Lucia National Trust, would once again like to thank all those persons who have generously donated to our campaign.  

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to impact the tourism sector, a glimmer of hope has been seen on the horizon, with increasing visitation to Saint Lucia and also to our flagship site, Pigeon Island National Landmark.  However, the increasing cost of goods and services caused by both the pandemic and the surge in oil prices caused by the war in Ukraine, has continued to put a strain on our finances, which in turn has had spin off effects on our operations and conservation work.  

Thankfully, your kind donations have allowed us to continue not only with the maintenance and upkeep of the Pigeon Island National Landmark, but also to assist us in the implementation of important programmes, such as our turtle monitoring programme and our offshore island monitoring programme.

During this reporting period, we recommenced our turtle monitoring programme in the south of Saint Lucia, at the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA), which is managed by the Trust.  We are happy to report that successful nestings of Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles have been confirmed and we look forward to seeing the hatchlings in the coming months. Important biodata has also been collected for these species and untagged turtles have been tagged. Such tagging greatly assists scientists both regionally and internationally in tracking the movements of these species in the world's oceans and seas. 

We at the Trust has also continued our offshore island monitoring work at the Maria Islands, home to several endemic and endangered species, including the Saint Lucia Whiptail Lizard and the world's rarest snake, the Saint Lucia Racer. The islands are also an important nesting site for migratory bird species for the United States and Africa. 

It is ciritcal that these unique species are protected, as they form an important part of Saint Lucia's unique biodiversity and your kind donations are allowing us to do so.  

We are very thankful for the contributions received thus far and express our deepest gratitude to all our donors. Your support has enabled us to continue our efforts to conserve the heritage of Saint Lucia . We hope that you will continue on this journey with us as we  work steadfastly to conserve Saint Lucia's unique natural and cultural heritage.

Male Saint Lucia Whiptail Lizard
Male Saint Lucia Whiptail Lizard
Scaly Naped Pigeon Nest with Eggs
Scaly Naped Pigeon Nest with Eggs
Pigeon Island National Landmark
Pigeon Island National Landmark
Turtle Tracks at Pointe Sable Saint Lucia
Turtle Tracks at Pointe Sable Saint Lucia
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Opening of Pigeon Island Interpretation Centre
Opening of Pigeon Island Interpretation Centre

The Saint Lucia National Trust, would once again like to thank all those persons who have generously donated to our campaign.  

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on travel and tourism and the increasing cost of goods and services caused by the pandemic and also the surge in oil prices caused by the war in Ukraine, continues to put a strain on our finances, which in turn has had spin off effects on our operations.  

Thankfully, your kind donations have allowed us to continue with the maintenance and upkeep of the Pigeon Island National Landmark, our flagship site.   During this reporting period we were able to reopen the Pigeon Island Interpretation Centre.  The visual interpreation of aspects of Saint Lucia's and Pigeon Island's history is of paramount importance, as it not only highlights aspects of our culture and heritage, but also brings into focus the different groups of people that occupied Saint Lucia and Pigeon Island at different points in history.  The interpretation centre allows patrons to immerse themselves in some aspects of Saint Lucia's history, including the Amerindian and European occupation periods, the 18th and 19th century battles that were fought over the island by the French and British colonial powers, causing Saint Lucia to be likened to Helen of Troy and so being called the Helen of the West and the fight for freedom by Saint Lucia's freedom fighters in the 18th Century.  Through your kind donations, the Trust is able to continue to work to protect and preserve Saint Lucia's patrimony for the enjoyment of all.  

We are very thankful for the contributions received thus far and to date, through your donations we have received $US$4,189.91 ( £ 3,158.31, 3,619.81) from a total of 91 donations.

We express our deepest gratitude to all our donors; your support has enabled us to continue our efforts to conserve the heritage of Saint Lucia and to retain some of our staff in these trying times. We hope that you will continue on this journey with us as we  work steadfastly to conserve Saint Lucia's unique heritage.

Prime Minister at opening of Interpretation centre
Prime Minister at opening of Interpretation centre
Prime Minister, Ministers and Patron at opening
Prime Minister, Ministers and Patron at opening

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View of Fort Rodney
View of Fort Rodney

The pandemic has continued to wreak havoc worldwide and Saint Lucia has not been left unscathed. Recent spikes in Covid-19 numbers nationally lead to the imposition of more stringent curfews and restrictions on social activities. This of course impacted the visitation and activities hosted at Pigeon Island National Landmark and in turn the finances generated from them to facilitate the operations of the Trust.

Thankfully, your donations have allowed us continue our vital bio-security and maintenance visits to the Maria Islands Nature Reserve which is home to critically endangered species and sensitive ecological systems and to continued site maintenance of the Pigeon Island National Landmark insuring a safer experience for our patrons.

We are very thankful for the contributions received thus far. We express our deepest gratitude to all our donors; your support has enabled us to continue our efforts to conserve the heritage of Saint Lucia. We hope that you will continue on this journey with us as we move towards a brighter future for the Trust.

Lawn at Pigeon Island National Landmark
Lawn at Pigeon Island National Landmark
Maria Minor , one of the Maria islands
Maria Minor , one of the Maria islands

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The Saint Lucia National Trust, would once again like to thank all those persons who have generously donated to our campaign. Covid-19, took the world by strom and has impacted lives across the globe, from developing to developed countries, no nation was left unscathed.

The impact of Covid-19,  on travel and tourism continues to put a strain on our finances, which in turn has had spin off effects on our operations.  Although we were forced to embark on a restructuring process in December 2020, which resulted iin a reduction of our staff complement by over 40%, we continue to endevour to fulfill our mandate.

Thankfully, your kind donations have allowed us to continue with the maintenance and upkeep of the Pigeon Island National Landmark, our flagship site.  This has  included ongoing works on some of our 18 Century ruins on Pigeon Island..  The preservation of these historical features which are an intergral part of our history are of paramount importance and these works also,ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.  As well, through your kind donations we have been able to continue with our landscaping and beautification of the Landmark, through the purchase of much needed equipment for our grounds caretakers,  

We are very thankful for the contributions received thus far and as of  July 16th 2021, through you donations we have received $2,259.91 from a total of 69 donors.

We express our deepest gratitude to all our donors; your support has enabled us to continue our efforts to conserve the heritage of Saint Lucia and to retain some of our staff in these trying times. We hope that you will continue on this journey with us as we  work steadfastly to conserve Saint Lucia's uniquie natural and built heritage..

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Repairing ruins at Pigeon Island
Repairing ruins at Pigeon Island

Our GlobalGiving journey began in the hopes of gaining support to aid in the continued operations of the Trust. At that time we had our full retinue of staff, however, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic doled out the biggest blow delivered yet. The Trust was forced to embark on a restructuring process which resulted in major staff cuts at the end of 2020, which left less than 40% of our workforce.

Thankfully, your donations have allowed our vital bio-security and maintenance visits to the Maria Islands Nature Reserve which is home to critically endangered species and sensitive ecological systems. The Walcott House Museum continues to be maintained and we look forward to opening our doors when Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. Thirdly, the Pigeon Island Interpretation Centre is to be re-established and we intend to create a place of historical immersion, education and fun. Furthermore, considerable works have been done to some of our ruins on Pigeon Island in the form of installation of safety railings and clearing of debris to provide an improved and safer experience for our patrons. And contributions are also assisting with the maintenance of our other 24 historical and natural sites.

We are very thankful for the contributions received thus far. As of March 16th 2021, in the 8 months on GlobalGiving we have received $2,029 from a total of 31 donors, 4 of which are monthly donors.

We express our deepest gratitude to all our donors; your support has enabled us to continue our efforts to conserve the heritage of Saint Lucia. We hope that you will continue on this journey with us as we move towards a brighter future for the Trust.

Scaly Naped Pigeon Hatchlings on Maria Major
Scaly Naped Pigeon Hatchlings on Maria Major
Trail maintenance at Pigeon Island
Trail maintenance at Pigeon Island
Customer service work at our gatehouse
Customer service work at our gatehouse
Figurines from our Interpretation Centre
Figurines from our Interpretation Centre

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Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Jessie Mayers
Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
$4,325 raised of $100,000 goal
 
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