A number of charitable organizations, schools and Day Care Centers and individuals in Dominica have benefited from donations totaling $77,000, courtesy of the Elias Nassief Foundation.
The donations were presented to members of these institutions at the 21st Annual Awards and Distribution Ceremony held at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday.
“On the 21st Anniversary of the Foundation the Directors are again happy to be making annual donations and contributions to your various institutions in support of your cause of caring for the young and the elderly,” Chairman of the Foundation, Phillip Nassief said during the ceremony.
He continued, “This year we have decided that this ceremony is in memory of the late Joey Astaphan an icon who have made a significant contribution to the company established by the late Elias Nassief and by extension the Nassief Group of Companies.”
Four Day Care Centres which include; the Centre for Adolescent (CALLS), Social Centre Day Care, Hibiscus Dar Care Center and House of Hope received $8000, while eight (8) Pre-Schools and three primary schools received $22,500.
The Alpha Center and Kalinago Child Support Fund benefited from a donation of $3,500.
An amount of $12,500 was presented to the Care for the Elderly. This includes the Dominica Infirmary, Care for the Elderly in Portsmouth, Mahaut Senior Citizens Home, Reaching Elderly (REACH), St Jerome’s Ministry and Grotto Home for the Homeless.
Special contribution of $7,500 was made to the Dominica Nurses Association, St Ann’s Church in Massacre, Parish of our Lady of Fatima and Wisdom to Know.
Retired employees of the Elias Nassief Foundation benefited from an amount totalling $15,000. They are; Donna Jervier, Louvain Astaphan, Delia Letang, Everlyn Etienne, Rosetta Audain and Adeline Pascal.
Three centenarians, Graham Antonius Adams, 106, of St. Joseph, Josephine Henry, 106, of Mahaut and Anestasie Beldrina Eusebe, 104, of La Plaine, received contributions amounting to $3000.00.
Special Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Royce Williams of Colihaut who is the owner of PAKS Virgin Coconut Oil. He received $5,000.
The Elias Nassief Foundation was founded in 1995 by the children of late Elias and Marie Nassief.
Over the years, the Foundation has been making annual Christmas donations to different organizations across the island including those who care for the sick, elderly and young persons.
Last year (2015) the foundation made donations totaling $80,000 to charitable organizations and various individuals.