AID Bank renovates Operation Youth Quake kitchen facility

Fr. Martin blesses newly renovated Operation Youth Quake kitchen facility

An AID Bank Team comprising members of the Management and Staff of the Bank, together with some of the staff and residents of the Operation Youth Quake alongside professionals contracted by the Bank, completed the upgrade of the Operation Youth Quake Kitchen Facility.

Major renovation works included demolition of the kitchen cupboards and counter top, the replacement of all electrical and plumbing fittings and fixtures, installation of new kitchen cupboards and Corian counter top.

Other works included the painting of the kitchen and dining-room, power-washing the grounds and spraying of the kitchen area for termite and pest control prior to the commencement of renovation works.

This initiative by the AID Bank stemmed from Creole Day last year.  On that day the AID Bank had the pleasure of serving Creole lunch to the full and day-time residents of the Operation Youth Quake, as well as the children of the Roseau Primary School, who benefit from the Institution’s daily school-feeding programme.

It was at that time that it was observed that the institution’s kitchen was in a state of disrepair.

Subsequently, a submission to upgrade the facility was approved by the bank’s Board of Directors.

The Operation Youth Quake Kitchen was also re-dedicated and the beneficiaries of the facility have expressed much joy and appreciation for their newly upgraded kitchen and dining areas, which will significantly improve the food preparation and serving standards, as well as the overall health and safety issues of the institution.

The AID Bank is appreciative of all who helped in this venture including good corporate citizens such as Harris Paints Dominica Ltd and Events and Things who contributed in a special way to this activity.

At the re-dedication ceremony, Dr. Emaline Harris, Executive Manager – Corporate affairs of the AID Bank acknowledged that there was so much more that could be done and appealed to the corporate community, service clubs, volunteer organizations and other entities to continue to lend a hand to those among us who are disadvantaged.

For over 18 year Operation Youth Quake has provided day-care and short-term residential care to young children who are abused, deprived, neglected or in some form of crisis.

In addition to attending formal school programmes the beneficiaries of this facility are taught life, home and social skills such as cooking, baking, agriculture and animal husbandry.

Operation Youth Quake also provides individual and group counseling and recreation in a safe, secure and caring environment.

Guests pose in newly renovated kitchen

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9 Comments

  1. Gabo
    February 20, 2011

    I wonder whether the children at Operation Youth Quake will be transferred to the new government facilty in Jimmit?

  2. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011

    I am not crowing. I am doing something to help. I hope others will.

  3. Wacher
    February 18, 2011

    Thumbs up to Aid Bank. More corporate citizens and individuals need to be more mindful of the plight of the underprivilege in our country and we need to donate and help those organisations who are assisting such individuals like the Operation Youth Quake and any organisation helping the Elderly and the homeless.

    Too much talk and no action. Some are just talking and no work is being done.

  4. Cassandra
    February 18, 2011

    Refreshing to see charitable initiatives that are not imbued with political overtones. Quietly helping others without crowing about it. Job well done Aid Bank.

  5. negre marwon
    February 18, 2011

    Now they ‘ve done that. They need to do something about the Big Blue and White
    Elephant that skerrit con them into building in Grand Bay on Geneva.
    total waste of money and political gimmickry

  6. Disclaimer
    February 18, 2011

    I remember when I went there the kitchen was not in good condition. Great going AID Bank and all contributors..

  7. Interesting...
    February 18, 2011

    Great Initiative!

  8. de caribbean change, BBA, MBA, CPA
    February 18, 2011

    Beautiful! I might have to come down and have some food in the kitchen, maybe chinese chicken and shrimp with white rice and a glass of paw paw juice.

    • A Friend
      February 18, 2011

      I say Thumbs up to AID Bank. I am also calling on other organizations to assist in renovating their bedrooms, as work is also needed in that area.

      I have had and is having the pleasure of speaking with the children on a one on one basis. There are some that have been there for a very long time, and when u listen to their stories, u cant help but to open your hearts.

      I cant say that all of the workers are very receptive, however, they are doing a very fine job with the little resources that they have.

      If every capable organization contribute just a tiny winy bit, I am sure that the children will have an improved enabling environment which will assist in their development.

      God Bless

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