“Food For The Poor” Praises Ja­maican Re­sponse

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Asec­ond Car­ib­bean char­ity has re­ceived fund­ing from CIBC FirstCaribbean to as­sist with re­lief ef­forts in Haiti, which was se­verely af­fected by the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew last month.

J$1.6M, has been do­nated to Haiti re­lief through the Ja­maica-based Food For The Poor (FFTP) which is work­ing to dis­sem­i­nate food and other sup­plies to Haitians af­fected by the hur­ri­cane which hit the is­land on Oc­to­ber 3, 2016.

Nigel Hol­ness, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, CIBC FirstCaribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank in Ja­maica said that the bank was “very con­cerned for the well-be­ing of our neigh­bors in Haiti.” Speak­ing at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the cheque to Food for the Poor Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, David Mair, he said that FFTP has a re­spected his­tory of re­lief work in Haiti hence the bank’s de­ci­sion to work with it to as­sist the com­mu­ni­ties dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Com­mend­ing FFTP for its ef­forts, Mr. Hol­ness noted that “clean wa­ter, food and shel­ter are a ma­jor pri­or­ity af­ter a na­tional dis­as­ter and we are proud to do our part in en­sur­ing our Haitian broth­ers and sis­ters are pro­vided for.”

He said that “while CIBC FirstCaribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank does not op­er­ate in Haiti our neigh­bor was not spared the wrath of Hur­ri­cane Matthew and we must help them how­ever we can.”

In his re­marks, Mr. Mair said that “CIBC FirstCaribbean must be ap­plauded for their gen­eros­ity.” He said the hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse from busi­nesses in Ja­maica was out­stand­ing re­sult­ing in over seven con­tainer ship­ments to date, of do­na­tions of canned food, wa­ter and a host of non­per­ish­able items to Haiti.

Food For The Poor, head­quar­ters in Florida, he said, had shipped mul­ti­ple amounts of re­lief items as well and the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Haiti, were fo­cused on feed­ing and pro­vid­ing shel­ter for dis­placed Haitians and help­ing them de­velop sus­tain­able in­comes.

Last month, shortly af­ter the hur­ri­cane hit Haiti, BDS$25,000 was pre­sented to the United Car­ib­bean Trust (UCT) in Bar­ba­dos to fa­cil­i­tate the pur­chase and dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter fil­ters for the com­mu­nity tanks in the ar­eas in Haiti hard­est hit by the Hur­ri­cane. The wa­ter fil­ters or pu­ri­fiers which will be in­stalled in schools, or­phan­ages, pris­ons and churches will give close to one mil­lion Haitians ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter.

The bank is also fi­nal­iz­ing plans to make a size­able do­na­tion to the re­lief ef­fort in the Ba­hamas, where one of its largest busi­nesses is lo­cated, and which was also sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected by Matthew.

Nigel Hol­ness (left), Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, CIBC FirstCaribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank presents a cheque for J$1.6M to Food For The Poor's Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, David Mair for the or­ga­ni­za­tion's Haiti Re­lief Fund.

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