Dominica: Seven laptops were donated on 3 February 2021 by the Dominica Secondary Schools Supporters Association (DASSSA) upon the Goodwill Secondary School (GSS) also the Dominica Grammar School.
In a ceremony on the school grounds, Esther Fadelle-Morris, a committee member of the London-based charity DASSSA, stated how happy she was to hand over the laptops, particularly since DASSSA would be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The ceremony was introduced by Ms. Shirley Charles, the Form Level Supervisor for Form One at the GSS, who greeted DASSSA to the school. Teachers and students from both schools were in attendance. As well as Mrs. Fadelle-Morris, DASSSA was designed by its Dominica-based member, Mr. Milner Francis of Premier Computing, and Ms. Polly Pattullo.
Miss Edina Darwton, principal of the GSS, thanked DASSSA, which is run and supported by Dominicans in the UK, for the laptops and said that they would be for the “benefit of students, teachers and the whole school.” She said the donation would have a “ripple effect” and that the contribution would make a meaningful difference to online learning.
Four laptops were handed over to the GSS and were received by student Krystel Africa, while DGS student Juanique Esprit received three laptops for his school. The DGS was represented by deputy principal Doreen Durand.
Founded by Errol Blackman, an alumnus of St Mary’s Academy, DASSSA is a small but vibrant charity supporting secondary schools and secondary school students in Dominica.
Mrs. Fadelle-Morris demonstrated that DASSSA raised funds in various ways – through an annual walk, a carol concert at Christmas, and a quiz. An online auction is designed for this year. Many of these events take place at the Dominica High Commission in London.
Apart from the seven HP Elite laptops given on this occasion, DASSSA donated projectors to all 15 secondary schools last year.