NEW HORIZONS FOR ALL THE CITIZENS OF SOUTH ELEUTHERA AND EMPOWERMENT FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.
In March 2003, the Ministry of Health officially assigned the two hundred year old edifice previously deemed “The Rock Sound Clinic” to the community of Rock Sound for the purpose of restoring the building to its original architecture and re-purposing the structure as a Museum, Library, Computer and Resource Centre. The original structure dates back to the early 1800s’ and was constructed initially as the residence or Manse for the Methodist Minister and named “The Mission House”, as was customary to do during this period. It can be concluded that the original “Mission”, for the edifice was to provide a refuge of helping, caring, teaching and ministering the word of God.
WHAT IS PROPOSED
We propose, as we restore and re-purpose this building, that “The Mission House”, will continue to possess its original attributes while broadening the scope of its charge as a center for learning and education.
The restored and refurbished “Mission House” , will be called “The South Eleuthera Mission” , with the emphasis of the “Mission” being threefold:
1) To educate and inform, visitors and the indigenous population of South Eleuthera, with particular emphasis on the young people, about our past, in the form of the Museum aspect.
2) In the present, through the Library, Computer and Resource Centre facet, make readily available to every South Eleutheran, all the technologies, resources and tools necessary for research and learning in this modern society.
3) To inform and educate every individual that enters the doors of “The South Eleuthera Mission, about the benefits and advantages of using environmentally friendly technology in the future, through the use of alternative sources of power generation and methods of sewerage disposal.
Yet more importantly, to prepare South Eleutherans, in particular our youth, to take advantages of the opportunities of the future through mentorship and apprenticeship programs, computer and literacy classes, home-making and trade and employment seminars. Provisions will be made to make available small grants for small business start-ups and advisement and guidance will be readily available to assist in the production of business plans which can be in turn taken to a financial institution as part of the prerequisite requirements in the completion of an application for funding.
To spearhead the restoration and refurbishment process, a committee, comprised of local citizens, descendants and friends of South Eleuthera living in Nassau and international friends who now deem the area to be their home, has been established. We, the committee, have called ourselves “The Mission Foundation” and are in the process of having our organization officially and legally deemed as such. Our elected officers to date are:
Chandra Sands, President
Sherwin Hilton, Treasurer
Althea Gibson, Secretary
(Proposed Southern Side -The South Eleuthera Mission)
The Mission Foundation
P.O. Box EL-26030,
Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Tel # 242-334-2203
(Proposed Lower Floor Plan –The South Eleuthera Mission)
The Mission Foundation
First Caribbean Bank
Governors Harbour Branch
(Proposed Upper Floor Plan – The South Eleuthera Mission)