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Deloitte BVI supports families and students in need during COVID-19

Deloitte BVI has donated $5,000 to the Family Support Network and 15 laptops to the Ministry of Education and Culture as part of the firm’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The Family Support Network (FSN) is a volunteer non-profit organization that supports families in distress. FSN has been instumental in supporting persons who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. As a result of the increasing unemployment rates created by the crisis, FSN services are in high demand and an urgent campaign was launched by the organization. On July 3, 2020, Deloitte BVI donated $5,000 in cash to support the FSN account at Road Town Wholesale to purchase food for families in need. 

Deloitte staff members, Derecia Scatliffe-Thomas (left) and Natasha Ruscheinksi (right) with the Director of Family Support Network, Maris Hodge Wright (middle)

Additionally, Deloitte BVI has donated 15 laptops to the Ministry of Education and Culture to assist local students who do not have access to a device needed for remote learning while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. The Hon. Natalio D. Wheatley, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, comments, “On behalf of the Ministry of Education, I would like to thank Deloitte for their generous contribution of 15 Lenovo laptops. These devices will be extremely useful in this Covid-19 environment. As we all know, schools were shut down as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, and as a result, schools shifted to online learning.  As we approach the end of the academic school year, we are currently preparing for the new academic school year where students will be exposed to online and face to face instruction. These devices will allow some of the many students who still need devices to be able to participate in this blended learning experience. Again, we express our sincere gratitude to Deloitte for their commitment to the education system as we make this transition. We look forward to a continued partnership as we strengthen the preparation of our students to cope with a changing global landscape and make a meaningful contribution to society”.

Carlene Romney, Partner and CSR Lead at Deloitte BVI, says, “Globally, Deloitte has donated US$12.5 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts.  We are happy to contribute locally here in the BVI and to contribute to two very important groups in our society: families and children.  Deloitte BVI will continue to look at areas where we can assist the Government’s efforts to “reboot and reawaken” the BVI’s economy”.

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