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
Trail maintenance at Pigeon Island
Customer service work at our gatehouse
Figurines from our Interpretation Centre