Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Proman donates $1.3M in support of COVID-19 relief efforts

Care packages distributed to health workers encamped at the Caura and Couva hospitals included toiletries and personal hygiene items. Photo via Proman.

Care packages distributed to health workers encamped at the Caura and Couva hospitals included toiletries and personal hygiene items. Photo via Proman.

The Proman family of companies has provided over TT$1 million in support for frontline healthcare workers, fence-line communities and vulnerable families, alongside its employee donor matching initiative. 

Over the past few months, Proman has established partnerships with the Ministry of Health, local vegetable produce farmers, supermarkets and relief agencies as part of a package of measures to support nationwide COVID-19 relief efforts. 

Speaking about Proman’s support to the country’s relief efforts, Claus Cronberger, Managing Director, Proman in Trinidad and Tobago said: “Our philosophy has always been to support local development, across the country and within our communities. During these unprecedented times, we must do our best to establish partnerships aimed at providing relief assistance where it is most needed, particularly to support the efforts of the Government, our hard-working frontline healthcare workers and the vulnerable persons and groups within our communities. We have also placed our employees at the forefront of our CSR response, by matching their personal donations towards COVID-19 relief efforts, which takes their generosity and giving even further.” 

In keeping with this philosophy, Proman will be distributing over 3,500 hampers over the course of three months in Couva and more widely, in partnership with the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce, the Carli Bay Fisherman’s Association and other relief organisations across the country. 

As part of this initiative, Proman has partnered with local farming associations to take high-quality produce that would otherwise have gone to waste, including leafy greens, a range of fresh vegetables and ground provisions, and created healthy fresh food hampers – thereby reducing food waste, and supporting the livelihoods of local farmers while providing food relief to those most in need.

Meanwhile, employees from across the Proman family of companies in Trinidad have supported the vulnerable in their communities and those who have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In order to further support and encourage the numerous charitable efforts of its team, Proman has launched a Matching Funds Programme which puts its thousand plus employees at the heart of its CSR response.

Proman will match employees’ donations to the registered charities of their choice, and double food hamper donations made via several established food relief charities. 

In recognition of the heroic efforts by frontline healthcare workers to combat the spread of COVID-19, Proman has partnered with the Ministry of Health to provide over 600 care packages to encamped and support medical staff at the Caura and Couva Hospitals over a two-month period.

These packages consist of a range of essential personal care and hygiene items. Proman is working closely with senior officials from the Ministry of Health to ensure this initiative is in line with current needs of staff, as well as established guidelines and protocols at the hospitals.

Further, as part of its focus on fence-line community partnerships Proman has provided the following assistance:

Carli Bay Fishing Association & Local Vegetable Farmers – 500 food hampers and 300 vegetable produce packages distributed per month, for 3 months.

Couva South District in collaboration with Member of Parliament Rudranath Indarsingh - 500 food hampers distributed. 

Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce – 300 food hampers distributed across Greater Couva District. Waterloo Police Youth Club & Freeport Police – 60 food hampers distributed to families of youth club members. 

As part of its targeted national partnerships, Proman has donated to: 

Heart of Love Foundation - distribution of 100 food hampers to single mothers and the elderly.

NourishTT’s National online national food drive – TT$75,000 sponsorship.

UWI Against COVID-19 Project – provision of technical expertise in Process Engineering to manufacture essential healthcare equipment to the nation’s hospitals.    

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