FirstCaribbean to the aid of Bahamian students

Despite many of them losing their homes and all their possessions, about twenty final year students from the hurricane-ravaged Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama are determined to complete their studies.

Mere days after Hurricane Dorian flattened their homes and entire communities they traveled back to Barbados to continue their studies at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, some with no more than a few personal items.

The University has embarked on an outreach programme designed to help students from the hurricane-ravaged communities with financing for basic necessities, purchase of text books and psychological counselling while on a broader scale, it will be allowing a deferral of tuition.

CIBC FirstCaribbean through its charitable arm, FirstCaribbean ComTrust Foundation recently made a presentation of USD$10 000 to the campus to assist the students.

There are about 77 Bahamian students registered at Cave Hill and of that number, 17 to 20 were directly impacted by the hurricane. Of those affected, the majority are from Freeport, Grand Bahama and two from the Abacos Islands.