The Children’s Ark received a contribution of $ 250,000 from the Digicel Foundation for its ongoing work at the Princess Elizabeth Home for handicapped and challenged children.
A statement said the Children’s Ark took up the project early in the year since there was a need to move the surgical ward and operating theatre because of the damage caused by flooding over the years at the home.
The project which consists of relocating and reconstructing a 4,000 plus square foot area to accommodate the necessary infrastructure, costs $2 million.
The cheque handover from Digicel to the Children’s Ark took place last Thursday at the site on Ariapita Avenue where works are currently in progress.
The Children’s Ark is a registered, non-profit, charitable organisation that seeks to improve the lives and living conditions of the nation’s marginalised children, whether underprivileged, abused, abandoned, addicted or otherwise challenged.
Some of the recent projects of The Children’s Ark include a six month “Awareness & Prevention” Child Trafficking campaign in partnership with the Counter-Trafficking Unit and the Victims & Witness Support Unit (TTPS); the transformation of 14 old colonial death row cells at the Port-of-Spain men’s prison (demolished by the inmates) to accommodate a library, completely furnished for a reading programme with fathers reading to their and children reading to their fathers—this was done in partnership with the T&T Prison Service and writer Debbie Jacobs.