The management of Ecobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has donated large quantities of assorted food and non-food items to two schools in Montserrado and three orphanages in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Nearly 100 children benefitted from the donation which was hand delivered by Ecobank Managing Director Gilles Guerard, and staff of the bank.
The items included Ecobank branded exercise books, book bags, and bags of rice, Argo-oil, juices, Clorox and toiletries, among others.
Institutions benefited from the gesture are, Slipway Community School and J.C.N. Howard Elementary School, located in the compound of the Paynesville Community School (PCS).
Others are Mission for Orphans Disadvantaged and Unaccompanied Church, Tabernacle of David Church of the Apostle Doctrine International and Good Samaritan Orphange in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Mr. Guerard at the J.C.N. Howard Elementary school in Paynesville on Friday, said the event was intended for Ecobank Group to execute its Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) that exists between the bank and its stakeholders in all markets where the bank operates.
The annual event was dubbed “Ecobank Day” and was held under the theme, ‘’Every Child in Africa Deserves A Better Future.’’
Mr Guerard said the aim of the annual community action day was also to inspire and energise Ecobankers to use their collective talents and resources to make a positive difference in their local communities.
In Liberia, Mr Guerard said, the Ecobank Day ceremony is held across 25 locations. In all these locations, Ecobankers are carrying out various charitable activities and “our focus for the maiden event is to provide the needed amenities to help improve teaching and learning in public schools.”
“We are by these donations, making a strong commitment that Ecobank will continue to be a good corporate citizen. We will continue to conduct our business activities in an ethically responsible manner towards all stakeholders, whilst contributing our quota towards the socio-economic development of our local communities and the country at large,” he said.
He said it is in line with these developments that the Ecobank group, as part of its anniversary celebrations, has set aside in the month of October each year to undertake CSR initiatives in various countries where the bank operates.
“Ecobank is therefore making history as all our subsidiaries across Africa are simultaneously undertaking various philanthropic initiatives today,” he said.
He assured the public that as a Pan African bank, Ecobank is in Liberia to stay and to help with the development agenda of the country and its people. “This is our core value—to help develop Africa and Africans,” he said.
In separate remarks, beneficiaries of various institutions expressed gratitude to Ecobank group for the donation.
The beneficiaries said that they felt very honoured to have been selected to participate in the Ecobank Community Day initiative for this year.
‘’Since school opened, nobody has come to identify with us, so we want to say thank you,’’ they said.
“The interest shown by the bank in our schools and orphanages gives us enough inspiration and hope that one day we will also achieve academic laurels,” they noted.
They promised that the items will be used for it intended purpose.