Approximately one million children in Haiti will have access clean drinking water in coming weeks, thanks to a $25,000 donation to a local charity which is assisting the hurricane-ravaged country.
The United Caribbean Trust (UCT) was presented this week with the monetary donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean bank to assist with relief efforts in the hurricane-ravaged island.
Managing Director of Barbados Business at CIBC FirstCaribbean Donna Wellington said it seemed only reasonable that the financial institution would play a role in helping those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
“We are aware that water purification is a real need right now. Cholera and other water-borne diseases are quite prevalent and so we certainly want to assist very directly in that regard,” Wellington said.
Managing Director of Retail Banking Mark St Hill said while the bank was focused on the countries in which it operated, there was a need to “lend a hand to our Caribbean family and the people of Haiti”.
The Barbados-headquartered bank will also donate $25,000 to the Jamaica-based Food for The Poor organization to assist with its efforts in Haiti.
Accepting the contribution from the bank at the CIBC FirstCaribbean headquarters in Warrens, St Michael, the founder of the charity Jenny Tryhane said the money would go towards the purchasing of water filters, taps, buckets, barrels and bins for communities in the south west of the country.
Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on Haiti last week, killing 372 people, according to official reports, and displacing hundreds of thousands more. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed.
“We are targeting a million children . . . from this donation because we are looking at about 300 community filters, which will go into schools, orphanages and churches, and we are gauging roughly around 300 children per filter,” Tryhane said.
Those wishing to contribute to the Haiti rebuilding efforts through the United Caribbean Trust are asked to donate to the account #1001092544 at any CIBC FirstCaribbean bank. Donors are asked to clearly indicate ‘Haiti Appeal’ or ‘Haiti’.