Soufriere Primary School – Kitchen
March 1, 2021 – After completing the main building of the Soufriere Primary School in 2019 and allowing school-children to return to their new resilient school, Resilient Dominica is currently finalizing the initial Soufriere Primary School rebuild project with the addition of a brand new working kitchen.
Resilient Dominica first designed and built-out a new kitchen space suited for the installation of commercial kitchen equipment, providing an easy-to-clean environment for safe and sanitary operation. REZDM then collaborated with World Central Kitchen, an organization with extensive experience in the field, who procured all the kitchen equipment required to meet the three objectives of the project:
- to meet the daily cooking needs of the primary school,
- to function as a culinary classroom to teach cooking skills for local empowerment and
- to serve as an efficient cooking station for the community in the event of a major disaster.
This joint project between World Central Kitchen and Resilient Dominica is a good example of how a successful collaboration between two separate, non-profit organizations can lead to improved community resilience. With financial support from the Archewell Foundation of Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, World Central Kitchen (WCK), using the layout designed by REZDM, purchased all the necessary kitchen equipment for the school kitchen: two refrigerators, one freezer, one stove with two ovens, a six-burner gas top, a griddle, a stock pot range and a variety of pots and pans, shelving and work tables.
Resilient Dominica is proud to have played a pivotal role in helping to design the kitchen, organizing the ground handling, delivery and installation of the equipment and also in connecting the various partners involved in the purchasing and shipping of the kitchen’s equipment. REZDM now looks forward to the development of community culinary programs, both for culinary cooking skills and for cooking in disaster situations.
World Central Kitchen has served over 35 million meals worldwide in disaster zones. During their recent visit in Dominica they met with the school’s officials and will work with them to create culinary training and Chef Relief Training programs.
The Duke and Duchesse’s non-profit Archewell Foundation aims to develop community centers to help with resiliency and the Soufriere Primary School kitchen project is the first of four such projects in the region.
Resilient Dominica (REZDM) is a local non-profit based in Soufriere, focused on the South West communities of Soufriere, Scotts Head and Galion. Funded by The Daniel Langlois Foundation, REZDM has worked on a number of projects and continues to provide assistance to the South East community to help foster long term resilience efforts.