The Grenada Electricity Services Company has committed nearly $1.5 million to more than 50 projects in 2014 with the Ministry of Health receiving the giant share of grants for the second consecutive year.
The island’s sole electricity generating company gathered all beneficiaries under its GRENLEC Community Partnership Initiative on Monday at the National Stadium to celebrate the success of the program.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Clive Hosten said the company invests 5% of its pre-tax profit valued in excess of $15 million to this worthy cause.
“Every year for the past 20 years, GRENLEC has collaborated with communities, investing 5% of our pretax profits throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. At more than $15M dollars, the value of this investment can only be counted in the thousands of lives transformed, seeds of hope planted, and the dreams realised”, he told participants.
GRENLEC received in excess of 100 project submissions totaling more than $5 million for financial assistance.
The projects are of varying sizes and represent a wide scope of the company’s priority areas in education, science and technology, sports, community development, the environment and culture.
Some projects are ongoing, some have already been completed and arrangements are being made to begin implementation of others.
According to Hosten, community involvement forms an important part of GRENLEC’s strategic priorities and corporate culture.
“Our commitment goes beyond the good deeds that we perform which are often motivated by emotional responses to the needs of the vulnerable; it is a response to the call to every responsible citizen to play a part in the life of the community”, he said.
“This approach requires long-term involvement, and commitment to service, intended to build our nation, and it is to this ideal that we are dedicating significant resources”, he added.
Hosten stressed that GRENLEC’s investment is intended to provide inspiration for future generations.
Principal of the St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School, Pamela Moses, whose school won the 2012 and 2013 GRENLEC Debate Competition praised the initiative of the company and described its work in the country as outstanding since it serves as a motivation to everyone.
Moses spoke of being proud of the partnership existing between the school and the electricity company.
GRENLEC has invested some $200,000.00 in the installation of solar panels to make the school one of the most energy efficient in the country.
The school principal disclosed that the company installed 48 solar panels on the roof of the school, enough to provide electricity to the entire school compound.
In addition, GRENLEC has replaced all light fittings at the school with LED fittings.
The recipient of the largest share of GRENLEC’s assistance for the second consecutive year, the Ministry of Health secured the purchase and installation of an X-Ray Machine at the Princess Alice Hospital with the assistance of the Nadia and Reynold Benjamin Medical Foundation.
Health Minister Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen noted that GRENLEC’s contribution also ensured the installation of three phase electricity current at the Richmond Home.
The minister acknowledged that the contribution made by the company has made a difference in people’s lives and was proud of the fact that the assistance is being distributed throughout the country.
The 2014 beneficiaries and the funding received are – New Life Organisation – Renovation of Sewing Department Roof and Bathrooms – $70,000; Top Hill Home Carriacou – $10,000; Care Institutions Grenada – $58,000; St. Mark’s Secondary School – Resource Centre -$49,000; St. Andrew’s RC School – Computer Laboratory – $61,000; St. Andrew’s Secondary School Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – $200,000; Grand Roy Playing Field Retaining Wall – $218,000; Non-Pariel Playing Field Lighting – $40,000; Boca Secondary and Community Hard Court – $300,000.
The 2014 Projects (Sports): Power Park Timber Bleachers – $211,000; St. Mark’s Football League Football Competition – $15,000.00.
In the area of Community Development – Richmond Home – 3 Phase Wiring – $47,000; Princess Alice Hospital X-ray Machine – $350,000.
Culture: Spice Mas Traditional Mas – $25,000; Carriacou Maroon and String Band Festival – $10,000.
Education was also allotted through – J.J Robinson Trust – Tuition for TAMCC Students – $10,000; GRENCODA Student Assistance Programme – $20,000; Bishop’s College Classroom Extension – $20,000; St. John’s Christian Secondary School Auditorium – $540,000.
In addition, the 2013 GRENLEC Debating Project Awards: St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School – $50,000; St. Joseph’s Convent, Grenville – $20,000; The Anglican High School – $7,000; and Hillsborough Secondary School – $7,000.