On Wednesday, representatives of the NiNa Young Women's Entrepreneurship Programme and the Living Water Community's Marian House Education Project benefitted from charitable contributions from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. Supporting the development of young men and women continues to be a priority for CIBC, evidenced by its support of these and various other charitable programmes.
Receiving the donation for Marian House was Suzanne Dowdy, with Akosua Edwards accepting for the NiNa Programme.
Established in 1987, Marian House is a developmental programme focused on enhancing the lives of adolescent males. It has successfully graduated a large number of confident, academically qualified, skilled and respectable young men, who were able to reintegrate themselves into and contribute positively to mainstream society. For more than 400 young men, Marian House has represented a second-chance home, providing a reprieve from a life of crime and poverty.
The NiNa Programme is similarly aimed at uplifting the prospects of young people, particularly young women. Since 2010, the programme has taught entrepreneurship skills in schools with the objective of creating an entrepreneurial culture and mind-set in young women.
CIBC FirstCaribbean has established a reputation of supporting youth and community development in T&T via its partnerships with local and regional programmes. The donations made to the Living Water Community and NiNa will provide much-needed assistance with operational costs, enabling the organisations to better serve their communities.
Managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean's local operation, Anthony Seeraj, commended the work of the organisations and emphasised the bank's commitment to advancing socio-economic development in T&T.
"Creating opportunities for underprivileged young women and men is instrumental to augmenting our society. This is a prime focus of CIBC FirstCaribbean and we are committed to reinvesting in our communities" said Seeraj.
"Partnering with organisations such as NiNa and Living Waters enable us to play a role in empowering our young people to realise their great potential and thus make their best possible contribution to Trinidad and Tobago."