by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Two brand new 30 seater Toyota Coaster buses have been donated to the Ministry of Education in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) courtesy of the Windsong Foundation.
The buses that will be designated as school buses came at a cost of EC$370,000.00 and were handed over to the NIA’s Junior Minister of Education, the Hon. Troy Liburd at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 09, 2021.
“I was very happy today [March 09] to take delivery of two brand new 30 seater Toyota Coaster buses to be used as school buses here on Nevis… Many thanks to the Windsong Foundation who donated the funds for the purchase…Indeed, a very significant contribution, much appreciated,” the Education Minister said.
The buses were provided by the Automotive Division of the St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla Trading and Development Company Limited (TDC). In 2016, the Windsong Foundation donated two buses now bringing the total to four with an additional two expected later this year.
Also present at the handing over ceremony were senior cabinet members of the NIA; Mr. Kevin Barrett, Permanent Secretary in the NIA’s Ministry of Education; Principal Education Officer, Ms. Zahnela Claxton; education officials and principal of the secondary schools on the island.
The Windsong Foundation in Nevis is managed by the Windsong Trust, a California-based charitable organization established under the will of American philanthropist Martin Crowley who died in Anguilla in 2003.
He left his entire multi-million-dollar estate to the American charitable organization Windsong Trust, which provides educational assistance to underprivileged children in Third World countries.