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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Patterson-Maura


We are happy to announce that Friends of the Environment was recently awarded a grant from the United Nations Development Program Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (UNDP GEF SGP)! Our project is titled: Building community capacity for resilience during FRIENDS institutional recovery following Hurricane Dorian. Beginning October, we will be working towards restoring our 15kW solar array and providing opportunities for two young Abaco residents to learn some new skills in solar design and installation to help them decide if a career in solar is right for them! This is a pilot apprenticeship project which we plan to expand to other career opportunities including eco-tourism and regenerative farming. We will also be sharing our journey through solar restoration to help the community learn more about how solar energy can be applied in their businesses and homes.

Throughout our recovery we will also be working to make our campus even more resilient by added a water catchment system in partnership with Water Mission. This will provide a backup water supply; in the event of an emergency potable water will be available.

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This grant will aid FRIENDS in replacing solar equipment damaged during Hurricane Dorian.

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