One of the leading financial intuitions here has assisted in equipping female inmates at the Dominica State Prison in their road to rehabilitation.
The Dominica Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank (AID) on Thursday made a donation of one Singer sewing machine and a Panasonic television set valued between $5,000-$7,000 to the institution.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony Acting Superintendent of Prison, Dennis Blanc, said the prison has been for some time now trying to find partners to assist in rehabilitating efforts at the prison.
“We have over the years found a few, but the significant ones will have a lasting impact on our efforts here at providing rehabilitation for those in our charge,” he said. “And we pledge that these two pieces of equipment will be put into the use they are intended for.”
He said the institution is looking forward to other corporate citizens to follow the AID Bank’s lead.
General Manager of AID Bank, Julius Corbett, said that the bank believes in second chances and emphasizes with the less fortunate and the donation is a sign of this.
“Apart from our primary function to mobilize and unlend funds for the productive and social sectors that is Agriculture, Tourism, Education etc., the bank emphasizes with the less fortunate, the underprivileged and the disadvantaged as a fundamental part of its responsibility,” he said. “In the midst of diverse challenges the AID Bank believes in second chances and our presence here this morning attest to a sincere desire to assist our fallen brothers and sisters to overcome their mistakes as bad things can happen to good people.”
He mentioned that he was excited to respond to the prison’s request to support its educational and skills training program.