Screen_Shot_2014-03-13_at_8.13.17_PMFirst Caribbean Bank has today offered much needed assistance to Chapels Primary School in Orange Walk Town. Branch Manager Pablo Ayala says the project falls under the bank’s corporate social responsibility. Ayala says that on a yearly basis the bank seeks to undertake projects within the community.

 

The bank donated eight white boards to the school which the administration says will greatly assist in reducing the health risks to teachers that come with the use of chalk boards. The school also received doors that were also painted by the bank’s staff, and this morning they were handed a computer for the teachers’ lounge. School Principal Julian Chi says the donations help greatly in the schools efforts towards expanding.

 

Pablo Ayala – Branch Manager, First Caribbean Bank, OW


“This year we were glad to partner with Chapel School who we believe it is an institution who reaches out to many young people and many minds and changes life and as their mission goes to change lives we thought it would be a good institution to partner with.”


Julian Chi – School Principal


“They gave us a computer for the staff to use and definitely go a long way in helping our school to provide us the services that we want to provide for our students.”


The bank also made a contribution towards the primary school’s feeding program. That program was started last year and after briefly suspending it due to a lack of finance, the program was reopened in November last year.

 

Julian Chi – School Principal


“Mr. Teodoro Tejada Jr. who is helping us along with Mrs. Jane from Canada and so they are helping us in subsidizing the program and apart from that the teachers have an input into it and then we charge a small fee for those other children who want to be on-board at this point too we are giving 15 students for free.”


The fifteen children are served lunch at the school on a daily basis. First Caribbean Bank opened its doors in Orange Walk Town a little over a year and a half and Ayala says they will continue their work in assisting within the community as they do annually at all branches.

 

Julian Chi – School Principal

 

“We take this opportunity to invite any such institution and so we would like to write to us to request donations from us or assistance from us to do as we every year undertake a project, it might not be a gran project but it is as much as we can donate as much as we can give we do give every year.”


The items were handed over this morning to the school in a short ceremony.

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