St. Joseph Convent Young Leaders



On Wednesday February 23rd, the St .Joseph’s Convent Kingstown officially launched their Young Leaders programme for 2011 at the school’s auditorium under the theme “Water beyond the surface, sustaining life, securing future.” Speaking at the Launch, President of the St. Joseph’s Convent Kingstown Young Leaders 2011, Shaze’ Yammie said water is critical to survival and as the world’s population continues to increase the worlds finite fresh water sources are endangered. She further stated that with 2/3’s of the earth’s surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75% of it, it is clear that water is one of the primary elements to which we owe the existence of life.

Yammie said her team is pertinent to the survival of all forms of life and has the potential to be comprehensive and lends its self to numerous activities acknowledging that water is life. She encouraged all students to take part in their community outreach programs and urged them to do all that is necessary to protect water, one of the world’s most basic resources.

Meanwhile Guest Speaker at the Launch, Daniel Cummings, a former manager of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority congratulated the Young Leaders for selecting such an important topic. He gave a brief historical perspective on the water supply in St. Vincent and the Grenadines noting that long ago Vincentians traveled miles to get water. He also mentioned the difficulties in getting water in the Grenadines.

Cummings noted that St. Vincent and the Grenadines rely 100% on surface water and we are the only country in the Caribbean and one of the few countries in the world where all our water supply flow from gravity. Cummings further stated that we are fortunate to have the types of rocks that enhance our water and make it safe for human consumption.

He however stated that we must not become complacent noting that it is very important that we do not waste water. Cummings noted that if the rains stop falling and the rivers dry up, there is not enough water in storage to even last a half day. He said it is also important to protect and preserve our forest because it is an important aid to replenish water in the ground.

The St. Joseph’s Convent Kingstown will be engaged in river clean-ups and water distributions among other activities for their 2011 Young Leaders Programme.