Blog & News

Below is a list of news, articles and other new information coming out of the Soufriere Foundation.

SRDF records substantial revenue increases

The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has recently come in for much praise from the government of St.Lucia and hailed in many circles for its invaluable contributions to community development and its active role in addressing and mitigating socioeconomic issues prevalent in the South Western quadrant of the island.

After completing its operations expansion to manage port Soufriere in December 2016 with the further augmenting of its principal functions at…

SRDF gives back to Soufriere

The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) continues to make strides in fulfilling its corporate responsibility by ensuring that its mandate and vision to be a financially viable organization contributing toward the development of the community is achieved.

On Friday, June 9th, 2017, the organization held a donation ceremony to formally present financial aid and support to a cross section of institutions and individuals in the community.

The significance…

Fond St. Jacques residents upbeat after meeting with SRDF

The Soufriere Foundation held its third community consultation over the past few months on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, with residents of Fond St. Jacques.

The meeting formed part of the organization’s sensitization policy by outlying its development plans and objectives for the year and operational overview for familiarization.

The meeting’s highlight was predicated on an energized discussion on the development and operational framework for…

SRDF invites all to Soufriere Jazz

PRESS RELEASE – The clock is ticking as the entire island waits with bated breath for the staging of what has been touted as the biggest fringe event for the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.

With the picturesque town of Soufriere set as the backdrop, it’s no surprise that Soufriere Creole Jazz presented by the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has been able to get the attention of festival followers.

The stellar line-up which…

Soufriere residents assist hurricane-ravaged Dominica

PRESS RELEASE – A resident of Soufriere, Mr. Fabian Charles, in collaboration with the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), JJ’s Cruiser and Dub Masters has taken on an initiative to help the people of Dominica who were affected as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Erica.

The initiative dubbed, “Soufriere to Soufriere” involves collecting supplies from business places and residents of Soufriere to donate…

Soufriere Creole Jazz & Arts Festival “A Party Under The Pitons”

PRESS RELEASE – Advertised under the tag line, “Come enjoy the time, party under the pitons”, Soufriere Creole Jazz and Arts Festival 2016 will come alive with a one-day arts and cultural day/night fiesta on the Soufriere Waterfront on Saturday, April 30, followed by its signature musical expose at the Soufriere mini-stadium on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

This year’s festival promises to deliver great music and an authentic St. Lucian…

Annual school bag drive in Soufriere rears completion

Walter Mathurin’s drive to collect bags for underprivileged children in the Soufriere area is nearing completion.

The drive, started 13 years ago, began first as a project to help students from Mathurin’s and his best friend’s former school.

“It started about 13 years ago when I got the call from my best friend, Calixtus Joseph, informing me that he was sending a barrel of school supplies to our old school and asked me if I wanted to contribute.…

Soufriere ready for its 9th hosting of Soufriere Creole Jazz

PRESS RELEASE – Preparations are moving smoothly for what organisers of the Soufriere Creole Jazz & Arts Festival call, “a party under the Pitons.”

The much-anticipated festival is two days of art, culture and music which provides an unforgettable experience that thousands of St. Lucians look forward to each year. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Soufriere mini-stadium.

The…

SRDF attacking crime against visitors in Soufriere

The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) is making a determined attempt to deal with crime against visitors in the community.

Executive director of the foundation, Jimmy Haynes, described the problem as “very serious and frustrating”. He said Soufriere largely depends on the foreign dollar and as a result should not tolerate such criminal activity.

Over the past two months, there have been six incidents of crime against visitors in the community…

Soufriere Foundation conducts entreprenuerial workshop

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development is continuing its mandate to promote development in the community of Soufriere by facilitating various workshops.

The most recent workshop focused on entrepreneurship through the concepts of business startup, marketing strategies, research and successful business guidelines.

It was held on Wednesday April 26th, 2017 at the Cool Conference Room.

“The purpose of the workshop was…

Staff of Soufriere FM successfully complete training

In order to augment and recognize personal development, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) held a graduation ceremony for radio station Soufriere FM’s personnel.

The ceremony which was held on Friday May 19th, 2017, was to recognize the staff who successfully completed the six weeks intense Announcer Training Program on May 5th, 2017.

Corporate Administration and Communications Manager, Lester Cazaubon stated, “This…

Soufriere Foundation awards Soufriere’s outstanding sons and daughters

PRESS RELEASE – It is oft said that success breeds success. And in the case of the entertainment and food and beverage industry, that saying is proving true for Soufriere, as shown in the successes of some of its representatives in recent times.

To show appreciation, the Soufriere community with the support of the Soufriere Foundation, will at 5:00 pm on Sunday 07, September 2014 celebrate these successes and that of others by awarding this year’s…

Soufriere Foundation completes infrastructure rehabilitation project

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has completed a number of key infrastructure rehabilitation works in the Soufriere/Fond St Jacques constituency.

The works included repairing and reconstructing sidewalks, drains, rubble walls, roads and the de-bushing of several key areas in the district.

As a community-based development organization, one of the mandates of the Soufriere Foundation is to foster economic…

Soufriere FM personnel receive training

PRESS RELEASE – 88.5 Soufriere FM continues to grow its unique brand as an innovative community radio station by investing in its human resource capital to strengthen operations.

On Friday, March 24th, 2017, the Soufriere Foundation, the parent overseeing company of the subsidiary entity, convened a six week intense Broadcast Management Training as part of a strategic approach to assist the radio station in realizing its full potential.

The…

Soufriere U-18 football team comes in far high praise from SRDF

PRESS RELEASE – Projects and Operations Manager of the Soufriere Foundation, Dominic Alexander, says he is delighted with the performance of the community’s teenagers in the ongoing St. Lucia Football Association Under-18 Football Competition.

The Soufriere Under-18 Football Team made it to the Finals of the St. Lucia Football Association Under-18 Football Competition. Soufriere comes up against Gros Iset in the Finals of the competition at…

Soufriere Foundation provides 260 scholarships/bursaries to students in District 8

PRESS RELEASE – In October, the Soufriere Foundation announced that 260 deserving students were the recipients of its annual scholarship/bursary programme.

The successful scholarship awardees received a monetary contribution towards the purchase of books, school supplies and tuition cost and bursary awardees received school books.

The distribution of bursaries and the giving of scholarships by the Soufriere Foundation has become a customary…

Staff of the Soufriere Foundation honored at Awards & Recognition Dinner

PRESS RELEASE – It was a gala evening with delectable meals, great music and sophisticatedly dressed staff.

On Saturday Dec 12th, 2015, the Soufriere Foundation held its Christmas Staff Awards and Recognition Dinner under the theme “Celebrating Our Own.” The event which took place at the Morne Coubaril Estate was to celebrate the commitment, dedication, loyalty and unremitting hard work of the employees.

During the event, a number…

12 Soufriere Foundation staff supervisors graduate from UWI Supervisors Management course

PRESS RELEASE – Friday 2, October 2015, was a memorable day for several middle managers of the Soufriere Foundation. On that day, twelve (12) full-time and trainee supervisors proudly graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Supervisor’s Management course.

The UWI management program is a world-recognised qualification which is attained after completion of 40-hours of classroom study. Participants graduate after completing a case…

Soufriere Foundation retracts date for fee increase at Sulphur Springs Park & Gros Piton Nature Trai

PRESS RELEASE – The previously advertised date for fee increases at the Sulphur Springs Park and Gros Piton Nature Trail has been retracted and is set to come into effect on January 1st, 2018, replacing the January 2017 date announced by the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF).

The organization saw the need to change the date for the enactment of the fee increase in light of prevailing current economic challenges and advance contractual…

Gros Piton Nature Trail tour guides receive training

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has embarked on a capacity building exercise with the ultimate goal of enhancing customer service delivery in line with international standards, thus increasing the competence of tour guides at the Gros Piton Nature Trail.

The nature trail is one of the premiere tourist attractions managed by the SRDF and a substantial contributor to the income generated through the company’s…

SRDF free screening a success

PRESS RELEASE – On Friday March 10th, 2017, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health held a free screening for the staff of the organization

The activity, the brainchild of the organization’s social committee, (a standing committee of the SRDF responsible for coordinating social activities for the benefit of the staff), was held in observance of International Women’s Day.

“In…

Gros Piton Nature Trail renovations and refurbishment

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) continued its renovation and maintenance campaign with attention being given to the highly acclaimed Gros Piton Nature Trail. The iconic attraction which makes up part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated World Heritage site in Saint Lucia, boasts a unique mountain climbing experience and adventure escapade.

Over the past few…

Soufriere Foundation formalizing management of port Soufriere

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has assumed management of the jetties in port Soufriere; the main dock, a boardwalk facility, the Fisheries Complex unit and now a smaller pier located on the Hummingbird beach in Soufriere.

The project which commenced last year was projected to be completed in two phases.

With a goal set to fully refurbishing the Hummingbird Jetty, the second phase of the project came to…

Soufriere Foundation intensifies security and wardens training

PRESS RELEASE – As part of its capacity building development program, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation SRDF, concluded a three day certified training seminar for security and wardens.

The objective of the exercise was to better furnish the participants to execute their duties efficiently and productively. The training focused on key areas such as basic security procedures, report writing and customer service.

The training which…

SRDF hosts lecture on community-based tourism

PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, April 7th, 2017 the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) facilitated a lecture on community based tourism development at the Anse L’Ivrogne beach – site of the new entrance to the Gros Piton Nature Trail.

The lecture was delivered by Mr. Jimmy Haynes, the Executive Director of the SRDF, to the second year tourism class at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC).

The class was encouraged…

SRDF repairs Les Etangs road

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Foundation has made the Les Etangs -Fond Gens Libre Road more navigable for residents, commuters and vehicles frequenting the route.

The road, which is the main thoroughfare to the Fond Gens Libre community, is used by tour operators to gain access to the Gros Piton Nature Trail on a daily basis and had been in a poor condition for an extended period of time.

According to the Project Officer of the organization,…

New recruits join Soufriere Foundation security team

PRESS RELEASE – Eight (8) recruits were fortunate to be part of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation SRDF team effective March 1st, 2017.

Seven of these recruits will serve in the capacity of Warden at the Sulphur Springs Park and Docks and the other Ticket Collector at the Sulphur Springs Park.

“The new Wardens are a welcome addition to the Sulphur Springs Park and Dock. Their inclusion will strengthen the capacity of both…

Renovation and maintenance works at the Sulphur Springs Park

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has strategically been engaged in the re-branding of its product offering to the patrons and visitors who come to the world renowned Sulphur Springs Park.

The premiere touristic site stands as one of the most notable attractions in regional eco-tourism packages and garners substantial income through its daily operations.

The multi-tiered enhancement plan encompassed rehabilitation…

Soufriere Foundation launches Medical Assistance Fund

PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) officially launched a Medical Assistance Fund with the intent on mitigating the inability of the organization to honour the numerous appeals for financial medical aide on a monthly basis.

Over recent time, Saint Lucia has been in the spot light given the 2007 study published by Urologist Dr. Michael Graven, which sited that 6.1% of the population was…

Soufriere Foundation & CSA being industrial negotiations

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) officially commenced industrial negotiations for the triennium September 1st, 2015 to August 31st, 2018 on Tuesday, February 21st 2017, with the St Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA).

Both parties expressed mutual sentiments on the cordiality of the initial meeting and intimated their desire on seeing negotiations completed within the next few weeks.

According to Mr. Jimmy…

Anse L’Ivorgne entrance to Gros Piton Nature Trail officially opens

PRESS RELEASE – In the continued vain of community development and the creation of sustainable employment, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), officially opened and endorsed an entrance to the Gros Piton Nature Tail through the Anse L’Ivorgne Beach on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.

The new hiking experience encapsulates a unique adventure in which visitors are now graced with an option through which to experience the allure…

SRDF hosts Career Readiness Workshop

PRESS RELEASE– The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) continues to undertake the training of persons in all sectors relevant to the development of the community.

The Youth Development Department organized an intensive two-day Career Readiness Workshop to promote capacity building of the youth at the Cool Breeze Conference Room.

The organization recognized that career preparedness was undefined among many of the youth and that…

SRDF observes World Down Syndrome Day

PRESS RELEASE – March 21st is designated as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).

A day where activities and events are held to raise public awareness, advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is a lifelong condition but with care and support, children who have Down syndrome can grow up to have healthy, happy, productive lives.

To mark this day, the Social Committee of the Soufriere Regional…

Soufriere Foundation promotes Gros Piton & Anse L’Ivorgne Escapade

PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday, December 8th, 2016 the Soufriere Foundation officially opened and now manages the operations at an additional entrance to the Gros Piton climbing experience through the Anse L’Ivrogne Beach.

The trail having been previously utilized by unauthorized guided tour groups, received a full aesthetics boost with the inclusion of a security and cashiers booth, the provision of bathroom amenities with other structural enhancements…

Soufriere Foundation supports sports development in District 8

PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, March 20th, 2017, schools in District Education 8 became beneficiaries of financial support for sports development from the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF).

In a small ceremony held at the organization’s Board Room, cheque presentations were made to a number of school as part of the ongoing vision to see the impact of sports grow and become deeply entrenched as a curriculum in the school system.

The…

Staff of Soufriere Foundation deliver grocery hampers

PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday, December 28th, 2016, staff of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), distributed grocery hampers to a number of the indigent in the community of Soufriere and colleagues presently incapacitated due to medical illness.

The initiative, the brain child of the social committee of the organization, was birthed out of a heartfelt concern for a number of staff members presently on extended medical leave and…

Operation expansion at Gros Piton Nature Trail

PRESS RELEASE – Operations at the Gros Piton Nature Trail received a substantial boost with the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) commissioning a new administrative office on Monday, March 6th, 2017.

Prior to its construction, the site’s Interpretation Center was dually utilized to serve both as an administration outlet and interactive hub acquainting visitors with the history of the Fond Gens Libre community and piton excursion.

“…

Soufriere Foundation to manage jetties

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) will assume management of the jetties in port Soufriere and ensure that stipulated docking fees are collected from December 1st, 2016.

These jetties include the main porting dock, a boardwalk facility, a Fisheries Complex unit and a smaller pier located on the Hummingbird beach in Soufriere.

The past several weeks have seen the organization engaged in a number of structural…

SRDF looking to increase regulation at jetties

PRESS RELEASE – On December 1st, 2016,the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) formalized the necessary framework (through the enhancement of essential services and renovation works) for the collection of docking fees in port Soufriere.

The refurbishment and logistical re-organizing of operations brought about rave reviews from the boating fraternity and significantly raised the appeal and profile of the Soufriere Waterfront.

However,…

Soufriere Foundation Provides 260 Scholarships and Bursaries to Students in District 8

Soufriere, St. Lucia – In October, the Soufriere Foundation announced that 260 deserving students were the recipients of its annual scholarship/bursary programme. The successful scholarship awardees received a monetary contribution towards the purchase of books, school supplies and tuition cost and bursary awardees received school books.

The distribution of bursaries and the giving of scholarships by the Soufriere Foundation has become a customary…

12 Soufriere Foundation Supervisors Graduate from UWI Supervisor’s Management Course

Graduating class

Soufriere, St. Lucia – Friday 2, October 2015, was a memorable day for several middle managers of the Soufriere Foundation. On that day, twelve (12) full-time and trainee supervisors proudly graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Supervisor’s Management course.

The UWI management program is a world-recognised…

Soufriere Under-18 Football Team comes in for high praise from the Soufriere Foundation

Projects and Operations Manager of the Soufriere Foundation, Dominic Alexander, says he is delighted with the performance of the community’s teenagers in the ongoing St. Lucia Football Association Under-18 Football Competition.

The Soufriere Under-18 Football Team made it to the Finals of the St. Lucia Football Association Under-18 Football Competition. Soufriere comes up against Gros Iset in the Finals of the competition at the Beausejour Grounds on Sunday 27,…

Soufriere Foundation Completes Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project

Soufriere, St. Lucia - The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has completed a number of key infrastructure rehabilitation works in the Soufriere/Fond St Jacques constituency. The works included repairing and reconstructing sidewalks, drains, rubble walls, roads and the de-bushing of several key areas in the district.

As a community-based development organization, one of the mandates of the Soufriere Foundation is to foster economic development…