On Friday September 23rd, 2016 Junior Achievement (JA) Grand Bahama Programme received a timely donation from Hutchison Port Holding (HPH), which held its Annual Organizational Donations at The Freeport Container Port. JA has set the pace in cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship in young Bahamians. HPH made the financial contribution to honor that legacy and the potential impact that the programme could have on future generations in the Grand Bahama community.
Ron Dames, Programme Manager of Junior Achievement Grand Bahama Programme, noted that such sponsorship is critical as it will ensure that the programme operations, scholarships, materials for students and advisors are supported. The donation according to Dames will elevate the programme to greater heights. The programme enrolls 300 high school students each year from various schools in Grand Bahama. Mr. Dames along with Donald Glass, JA Chairman, and Jason Pinder, JA Executive Advisor and Safety Manager at FCP, FHC, GBAC, encourage other companies to come on board and support the Junior Achievement Programme, which promotes entrepreneurship in our youths.
The Donations Committee recognizes that small businesses fuel the economies of most nations including The Bahamas. HPH Holding fully appreciates that it is in The Bahamas’s best interest to develop entrepreneurs who can start their own businesses and create much needed employment and quality goods and services. JA is one of the few youth-related programmes that can contribute to this strategic goal. While not every participant in the JA programme is determined to be self-employed, they would at least develop an enterprising spirit and outlook.
The annual donations initiative is one of several ways HPH seeks to support the community. The donations are meant to encourage the wonderful work various organizations are engaged in year round, often with limited resources.