University of British Columbia x Helen’s Daughters
Helen’s Daughters was selected out of hundreds of proposals as an experimental case study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) for one of its major courses in Humanitarian Engineering. The UBC Humanitarian Engineering team is comprised of third to fifth year geological, chemical and biological engineering students at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Team members Tatjana Stone, Prangthip Sup Prakobkit, Shawn Matthies, Dana Mraz and Katherine West collaborated with four rural women farmers who form a part of Helen’s Daughters. Ms. Dannie James, a farmer and fisherwoman from Vieux-Fort, Mrs. Uraline Alphonse, an organic aquaponics farmer from Desruisseaux, Mrs. Virginia Jules, a farmer from Babonneau and Ms. Wilbertha Wilson, a farmer, fisherwoman and confectioner from Mon Repos, shared their combined experience of over forty years in agriculture. The end result was a handbook on Sustainable Farming in the Caribbean.