The Bank of Ireland Staff Fund has been supporting Plan International Ireland projects since 2009. They have funded programmes in the areas of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Education and Birth Registration.
Most recently, in 2016, they funded a WASH programme in Guinea and education programme in Central African Republic.
In Guinea, the support received from Bank of Ireland addressed the issue of access to clean functional sanitation and hygiene facilities. Lack of appropriate facilities raise the risk of water and hygiene related diseases such as diarrhoea, putting children at risk, as they are the most vulnerable to the spread of such diseases. By supporting the building appropriate facilities, Bank of Ireland has helped improve the health and quality of life of the children and their wider community.
In Central African Republic, Bank of Ireland supported the rehabilitation of 4 classrooms and also supported education kits for over 500 students and access to safe drinking water. The impact for such a project is both immediate and far-reaching. Children have immediately been provided with a safe environment and access to an education and safe, clean drinking water. The possibility of attending school prevents children who are vulnerable from recruitment by armed forces, child trafficking, child marriage and other violations. The long term impact is ensured by the fact that these schools will provide education services to many children in the target community in the future.
Through the support of foundations and trusts we are able to support communities around the globe to build a better future for their children and young people.