At the Foot of the Pitons
Shortly after graduating from the Sustainability Management (SUMA) program, I was fortunate to become involved with the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Program for the Caribbean. This program is part of the Climate Adaptation Finance Facility at the World Bank. The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project for Saint Lucia aims to reduce urgent disaster vulnerability and increase long-term climate resilience in Saint Lucia by addressing the multi-faceted risks associated with hydro-meteorological events.
As part of this program, I participated in the Structural Vulnerability Assessment for Saint Lucia. I contributed to the development of a post disaster assessment strategy for the Government of Saint Lucia. The culmination of this project involved a national structural assessment of buildings, to determine areas of risk to sea level rise and storms.
Over several months, the students trained as part of this project, surveyed thousands of structures throughout the country. I assisted their efforts while traveling throughout the countryside. I visited every community in Saint Lucia, and I was often welcomed into many homes.
While my involvement in the World Bank project was unexpected, I enjoyed this assignment, and I made many friends within the program, and within the country. More importantly, I feel that my experience at Columbia, greatly contributed to my ability in supporting this initiative and the people it affects.