Lives of women impacted by funds from CIBC FirstCaribbean

The lives of women and children receiving emergency temporary housing at the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Club shelter have been positively impacted thanks to a financial donation from a leading commercial bank.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank recently presented the BPW Club of Barbados with $10,000 to go towards the maintenance of security and safety of the shelter which houses up to 25 women and children at any one time who are victims of domestic abuse.

On hand to receive the funds were president of the club, Jenifer Johnson along with outgoing president, Marianne Burnham. Ms. Johnson said that the donation would impact the lives of clients as well as personnel who work with the shelter. “The BPW Club of Barbados, like most organisations, is feeling the effects of the financial difficulties the country is facing and so we’re sincerely grateful for the bank’s generous and timely donation.”

Additional plans for the shelter include repairs and upgrades due to constant wear and tear as well as the continuation of programmes across the island’s schools.

Donna Wellington, CIBC FirstCaribbean Barbados Country Head (right) presents Marianne Burnham, outgoing president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados (left) with $10,000 for the maintenance of security and safety of its shelter for women who are victims of domestic abuse. Witnessing the presentation are (from left) Marlene Hewitt, coordinator; and Jenifer Johnson, new president.

Donna Wellington, CIBC FirstCaribbean Barbados Country Head (right) presents Marianne Burnham, outgoing president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados (left) with $10,000 for the maintenance of security and safety of its shelter for women who are victims of domestic abuse. Witnessing the presentation are (from left) Marlene Hewitt, coordinator; and Jenifer Johnson, new president.

Ms. Johnson said that while the BPW Club is known for its advocacy on domestic violence and its shelter work in Barbados it was seeking to improve its services. “We will also seek to make a greater difference in the lives of the women and children who pass through the shelter as we mentor them to be confident women and, when possible, develop new skills to become self-sufficient on leaving the shelter.”

CIBC FirstCaribbean Barbados Country Head, Donna Wellington said that the bank was pleased to be able to continue its ongoing support to charities or groups in great need. “With the observance of International Women’s Day we thought it was only fitting to support an organisation that provides critical assistance to women. We believe the funds will be used to positively impact them and their children through providing shelter, counselling and empowerment.”

BPW Club of Barbados seeks to empower and encourage women to be actively involved in the affairs of the country. Its theme for 2015-2017 is “Making a difference through Leadership and Action.”

Enquiries can be sent to bpwcrisiscentre@gmail.com while the 24-hour crisis centre hotline is 435-8222.

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