First Citizens Rebuilds School in Haiti
First Citizens Rebuilding Efforts in Haiti Take Shape. Reconstruction of School begins………
Following the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, First Citizens was the first to respond to the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) call to assist in rebuilding the affected nation. In addition to a contribution to United Way (Trinidad and Tobago), First Citizens also allocated US $1Million (TT $6.3 Million) towards rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
The funds are being used to reconstruct a public school in Furcy, which was toppled by the 2010 earthquake. The new facility will be built following strict construction standards and basic requirements for public school buildings affirmed by the Ministry of Education under an ambitious rebuilding programme launched after the earthquake.
Sekou Mark, General Manager, Corporate Banking addressed the large audience of parents, administrators and Haitian Government officials on behalf of the Group at the ground breaking ceremony last month where a plaque honouring First Citizens was unveiled.
The principal of the school, Francius Saintilus confirmed at the ceremony that the new facility will have a big impact in the village which is in the mountains behind Port-au-Prince. The school promises to serve children from preschool to 9th grade unlike the previous structure which only served elementary level, leaving local kids with few options once they finished the 6th grade.
First Citizens continues to honour its commitment to assist with the rebuilding effort in Haiti and looks forward to the completion of the school by September 2012.