CIBC FirstCaribbean donates water filters to help nearly 1 million Haitians

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Mark St. Hill and Donna Wellington present a check for Haiti relief to Jenny Tryhane of United Caribbean Trust.

Close to one million Haitians could soon have access to safe drinking water as the charity United Caribbean Trust moves to distribute 300 water filters across communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Executives of CIBC FirstCaribbean presented a check for BDS$25,000 (US$12,500) to Jenny Tryhane of the United Caribbean Trust for the purchase of water filters for the community tanks in the areas hardest hit by Matthew.

Donna Wellington, managing director, Barbados Operating Company, said that even though CIBC FirstCaribbean does not operate in Haiti, the bank wanted to help a Caribbean neighbor in need. She explained that the bank had already worked with the charity after the devastating 2010 earthquake struck Haiti.

Sawyer, the company supplying the purifiers, has offered a 50 percent discount so that the bank’s donation will be able to buy twice as many filters.

The filters can purify approximately 300 gallons of water daily so that when people gather water from the streams and rivers, the water can be filtered through these devices, making it safe to drink, CIBC FirstCaribbean said.