Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 22 September 2020 – More children on St. Maarten will now have access to online education amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
CIBC FirstCaribbean recently supported Rotary Club of Sint Maarten’s initiative “Help St. Maarten Children Receive Online Education”, which was launched following Government’s mandate for schools to reopen with online learning for the academic year 2020/2021.
The bank made a donation towards the purchase of the devices to facilitate children’s access to their classes.
The club is dedicated to providing all children with proper access to their education and hence has set out to secure appropriate devices for students by collecting monetary donations as well as new and repurposed computers, tablets and other devices.
CIBC FirstCaribbean, through its FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, provides at least $1M US throughout the Caribbean in support of worthwhile projects in the various islands where the bank has businesses. The Foundation’s mandate is for the support of the youth, entrepreneurship and education; the community, including environmental projects, and health and wellness.
At the height of the Covid-19 lockdowns across the region, the Foundation provided US $250,000 to assist with the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment for those at the frontline of fighting the pandemic, as well as test kits and other support material used in the fight against Covid-19.