The Ro­tary Club of Saint Lu­cia and Sco­tia­bank’s Part­ner­ship

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Ro­tary Club of Saint Lu­cia, in its con­tin­u­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice ef­forts, has sourced from Sco­tia­bank two re­fur­bished com­put­ers for do­na­tion to the New Begin­nings Transit Home (NBTH).

The Transit Home, lo­cated in Cas-En-Bas, caters for up to 21 chil­dren and young peo­ple aged up to16 years on ad­mis­sion, and pro­vides a pro­tec­tive and safe en­vi­ron­ment for those chil­dren who have been vic­tims of any form of child abuse. Chil­dren at risk are tem­po­rar­ily placed at the Home un­til it is de­ter­mined that the risk to them has been re­duced or re­moved. At NBTH, the heal­ing process for chil­dren in cri­sis be­gins by pro­vid­ing them with coun­selling and other ther­a­peu­tic in­ter­ven­tions which fo­cus on their phys­i­cal, emo­tional and spir­i­tual well-be­ing.

One of the ma­jor chal­lenges fac­ing the Transit Home is the in­abil­ity to pro­vide ro­bust ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to the chil­dren due to the ab­sence of ba­sic tech­no­log­i­cal tools such as com­put­ers. The lack of com­put­ers places the chil­dren at the Transit Home at a fur­ther disad­van­tage than their peers as they are un­able to con­duct re­search, pre­pare re­ports and com­plete com­pre­hen­sive as­sign­ment tasks. The lap­tops were pre­sented to the Transit Home on Mon­day 27th July.

Sco­tia­bank is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in which it op­er­ates. By bring­ing to­gether the pas­sion of its em­ploy­ees, the in­sight of its part­ners and the spirit of its com­mu­ni­ties, the Sco­tia­bank Bright Fu­ture Pro­gram is help­ing to sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and com­mu­ni­ties, build­ing a brighter fu­ture for ev­ery­one.

The Ro­tary Club of Saint Lu­cia is cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with The Caribbean Event, a Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Toronto, Canada, with re­gards to sourc­ing other re­fur­bished com­put­ers for do­na­tion to a few schools through­out the ru­ral ar­eas in Saint Lu­cia.

Pic­tured L to R: Kristal Kho­dra-Au­guste of Sco­tia­bank; Ginelle Nel­son, Man­ager (Ag) of NBTH; An­dre Chere­bin of The Ro­tary Club of Saint Lu­cia, and Bev­erly Gideon, As­sis­tant

Man­ager at Sco­tia­bank.

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