|Rainwater Harvesting diagram|
NIHERST initiated the project on the Toco Coast earlier this year in collaboration with the Toco Foundation. The objective of the project is to empower rural communities by identifying suitable locations and introducing sustainable practices in rainwater harvesting that could support the communities and their livelihoods.
Twenty-five persons from the communities of Mt. Video to Matura were exposed to intensive theoretical and practical training by NIHERST over a four (4) month period.
The project included research and development into the most suitable application, public education in schools and training of community members to aid in construction, maintenance, and implementation of selected mechanisms.
On Monday the Cumana SDA School will showcase the completed product to the national community. Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Rupert Griffith will deliver the feature address at the function.
Maureen Manchouck, President of NIHERST and Michael Als, Project Director of the Toco Foundation will also speak at the event.
The Rainwater Harvesting System is operating successfully at the Rochard Douglas Presbyterian School, Barrackpore. It will also be implemented in five schools within St. Mary’s Village Moruga.