Tuesday 4 August, 2020

CIBC partners with Food For the Poor to build home for single mum

Higgins, a vendor and mother of six, whose fathers are deceased, was elated to be chosen for one of the homes being funded by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. 

Higgins, a vendor and mother of six, whose fathers are deceased, was elated to be chosen for one of the homes being funded by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. 

Annette Higgins is a proud homeowner thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

The bank recently committed funds to Food For The Poor (FFTP) Jamaica, which aims to build 100 houses by year end for Jamaicans desperately in need of shelter. 

Food For The Poor’s annual 5K Run/Walk on May 13, 2017, will raise funds for the construction of the houses.

The local bank's Managing Director, Nigel Holness said that “the bank recognizes that home ownership is at the top of the bucket list for virtually every adult in Jamaica.  While we offer preferential rates and a range of products to assist potential homeowners we also recognize that there are some persons who cannot take advantage of these due to their dire financial situation.  This is why we are partnering with Food For The Poor to provide shelter for the most needy in our society.”

Higgins, a vendor and mother of six, whose fathers are deceased, was elated to be chosen for one of the homes being funded by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. 

Amidst tears, she spoke of the challenges of child-rearing as a single parent and how she often despaired that she could not adequately provide for her family.  Her appreciation for the house, she said came from “the depth of my spirit”.

Andrew Mahfood, Chairman of Food For The Poor said that the 100 houses scheduled to be built in 2017 “is a drop in the bucket – we needed to build 10,000 homes “because there are tens of thousands of Jamaicans on our waiting list.” 

He has invited persons and organizations interested in contributing to a house or funds towards construction of a house to contact Food For The Poor.

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