Sagicor Helping Hands makes final donation to Servol

February 22, 2023
Helping Hands, the Group corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, by regional financial services entity Sagicor, ended recently, with a final donation of stationery and laptops to Servol Ltd.

The four-month partnership also saw the insurer donate food hampers to vulnerable members of their community, conduct a financial management seminar at their Advance Skills Training Centre in La Romaine, as well as technology upgrades to each of the centres. 

Keisha Humphrey-Mayers, communications and Group CSR manager, said, “Helping Hands is intended to be an annual initiative. We had a very successful launch last September where we  saw the submission of over 250 applications from various charities across the region during the nomination period. The pandemic has shown that there’s heightened need for corporate support, and we were very pleased to be able to lend our assistance in this way. It was an honour for us to work alongside the regional NGOs as we learnt so much from them over the period.”

The programme facilitated both tangible and intangible support for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that align with Sagicor’s core pillars of health, education, sport, and community and youth development.

Ian Gomes, technical director at Servol, said, “Sagicor has more than demonstrated its commitment to the support of our mission. They’ve proven true to their promise and have delivered what was expected and more. Our skills instructors are satisfied with the progress. With training now completed and with the resources provided by Sagicor, they are now in the process of exploring avenues like centre-to-centre connectivity and the limitless online teaching resources to determine how to utilise the information. This kind of progress has shown what’s possible and has started serious conversations about the integration of online learning models as part of Servol’s future.”

Servol is one of three NGOs across the Caribbean that benefitted from the CSR initiative, including The Deaf Heart Project in Barbados, and Lake Health and Wellbeing in St Kitts and Nevis. 

Servol is a community-based organisation that focuses on building the capacities of local communities to meet their needs through various human development programmes. The organisation focuses on early childhood care, life training development via its adolescent development programme, teacher training, education and skills training, and parent support via its Parent Outreach Programme.