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
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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Vital site maintenance at the Maria Islands
Vital site maintenance at the Maria Islands

We know what a difficult time everyone is having at the moment, but we are so grateful for your donation to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).  We were delighted to have raised $1,492.03 at the end of October, from 28 individuals, some of whom donated multiple times.  Thank you so much.

As you know the impact of Covid-19 on our work has been wide-reaching. The SLNT had to close all its properties, reducing income to almost zero. We also had to stop routine maintenance during the months of island-wide lockdown. Since then, we have been able to resume some of our work managing Saint Lucia's rich heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.  We could not have done it without your help.

Through this crisis, everyone has become more used to communicating digitally. The way our supporters have responded to SLNT social media posts, online activities and radio shows has been really heart-warming. It was wonderful to showcase our work during the Citizen Scientist Prizegiving, our Trust Pioneers Lecture on 26 September (the day we celebrated our 45th Anniversary!) and the Girls of A Feather Storytell(her) Bootcamp last month.  All great opportunities to spread the word about the incredible conservation work of our SLNT.

Your gift has gone a long way in supporting our heritage conservation efforts during this pandemic. Yet we still face an uphill struggle to offset the financial losses of this year.  Please consider sharing details of our campaign with your networks.  Or even donating again, if you are able to, especially on Giving Tuesday. Each donation made on 1 December 2020 will increase the proportion of GlobalGiving’s incentive fund which SLNT would receive.

Thank you again for your continued support for the Saint Lucia National Trust.  We will be back in touch soon with another update. 

Girls of A Feather Storytell(her) Bootcamp
Girls of A Feather Storytell(her) Bootcamp
Live radio and facebook show about the SLNT
Live radio and facebook show about the SLNT
Pigeon Island National Landmark during Covid-19
Pigeon Island National Landmark during Covid-19

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International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @intoheritage
Project Leader:
Jessie Mayers
Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
$2,069 raised of $100,000 goal
 
55 donations
$97,931 to go
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