Heart & Hands

Community

Community involvement is a crucial pillar of The Green School. We seek to uplift and promote the development of the Harbour Island community through education, awareness and sustainability. We are able to do this because of the support of our partners, our benefactors and key members of our community. 

Community Involvement

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One Eleuthera Foundation

One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) has been on a mission to empower our local island communities, transforming them into thriving self-sufficient ecosystems. They are a community-based, people-centric, non-profit organization operating with the best interest of our local communities close at heart.

 

OEF is the HIGS fiscal sponsor. They aid in building administrative capacity of non-profits on the island of Eleuthera. They also support the school in training, strategic planning and donation processing.

https://oneeleuthera.org/

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Bahamas Plastic Movement

Bahamas Plastic Movement (BPM) is an environmental non-profit organization geared towards raising awareness & finding solutions to plastic pollution through research, education, citizen science, and policy change.

 

BPM worked along with the Green School to create green initiatives such as a plastic free campus. The organization also utilizes the HIGS campus to facilitate tuition free student summer programs. HIGS and BPM have worked together to organize multiple beach cleanups, workshops and youth activism activities.

https://www.bahamasplasticmovement.org/

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Center for Training and INNOVATION

The Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) is an education, training and business enterprise school located in Eleuthera, Bahamas. CTI offers educational opportunities for residents of Eleuthera, as well as residents from other islands of The Bahamas.

 

Their subbranch, The Briland Trade School, uses the campus to train its students while simultaneously upgrading our campus. Along with the assistance of teachers, their respective students have installed electrical units, added railings, and cooked for our fundraisers.

CTI Website

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Food post farms

Food Post Farms is a closed-loop♻️island farmstead that specializes in vermicomposting. Vermicompost is the product of the decomposition process using various species of worms. HIGS and Food Post Farms work together on multiple projects. Mr. Dorlan Curtis, also know as "the worm guy", facilitates compost management and soil production for the campus and has given multiple presentations to students on closed-loop farming.

 

He has worked closely with our Junior High students to educate them on sustainable waste management, which has led to a complete re-haul of our school's waste system.

 

https://www.facebook.com/foodpostfarms/

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Center for oceanic research

The CORE mission is to "involve Bahamian students and communities in the data collection process of an Applied Scientific Marine and Environmental Research initiative, [in order to] further our understanding of ecologically sensitive habitats that ultimately promotes the conservation of biodiversity."

 

In The Bahamas, sharks have been afforded complete protection for almost a decade, resulting in stable populations and making The Bahamas one of the top destinations in the world.

https://www.coresciences.org/

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Freedom to read

Freedom to Read Inc is a non profit organization devoted to providing free access to literacy for Bahamians in the family islands. They have partnered with The Harbour Island Green School to open their 12th library on Eleuthera. Freedom to Read Inc generously donated 2 pallets of books. Working as a team we were able to catalog nearly 2,000 books. The HIGS library utilizes the Follet Destiny Online Catalog allowing students to easily navigate the collection.

www.freedomtoreadinc.org

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The Eleutheran

The CORE mission is to "involve Bahamian students and communities in the data collection process of an Applied Scientific Marine and Environmental Research initiative, [in order to] further our understanding of ecologically sensitive habitats that ultimately promotes the conservation of biodiversity."

 

In The Bahamas, sharks have been afforded complete protection for almost a decade, resulting in stable populations and making The Bahamas one of the top destinations in the world.

https://www.coresciences.org/

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Zonta Club

Zonta Club is an international service organization with the mission of advancing the status of women. Zonta Club works to realize a vision of the world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights, where women have access to all resources, and where every woman is able to achieve her full potential. Furthermore, Zonta works to ensure that women are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men, and that no woman lives in fear of violence.

Ms Jewel Edwards, special representative of Zonta for Eleuthera, led the school in a vibrant campaign across all districts of the island. "Painting the island orange " was the goal, and it was more than achieved! Students handed out oranges to raise awareness, and as a symbol of peace and hope. 

https://www.facebook.com/ZontaClubofNassau/

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Community
Projects

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Community Benches

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Beach
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All Island

Food Drive

When the COVID-19 crisis began, it was quickly followed by an unprecedented economic disaster. Household food security became a serious issue for many in the Harbour Island community. Local citizens and organizations, including HIGS, could not ignore this difficulty. HIGS had operated a small food pantry since Hurricane Dorian, and had been making regular food deliveries to the elderly and infirm since its opening in 2019. However, with more the 2000 people on Harbour Island and Eleuthera now facing short-term food shortages, greater action was needed.

 

HIGS played a leading role in uniting stakeholders across the community and was instrumental in the formation of a coalition that set up the Harbour Island Food Bank. The food bank is powered by Br-Island Responsible Development (BIRD), a local environmental and social advocacy group. BIRD launched a fundraising campaign that attracted more than $500,000 towards feeding local communities. This was the largest volunteer and relief effort in living memory on Harbour Island. The initiative was also multilayered. For example, by purchasing bread from local bakers, the food bank injected much needed financial support into the local economy, while also ensuring that families were fed. HIGS is honoured to have been a part of this island-wide project, and we were so proud to see how many of our parents, teachers, and students showed up to volunteer and donate their time and hard labour alongside many others from the community on each and every delivery day.