Christophe Harbour donates fire equipment to preschool


The children joined the officials in a photo op.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 11th May, 2018 ( – The Victoria Road Preschool is now able to meet its fire safety standards with the donation of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors from the Christophe Harbour Foundation.

Jon Gersonde, the Vice President of Operations at Christophe Harbour, officially handed over nine fire extinguishers and seven smoke detectors to Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards, the minister responsible for Education, as well as youth.

The occasion was a brief handover ceremony held at the Victoria Road Preschool, in Basseterre, on Thursday, 10th May.

Representing the Christophe Harbour Foundation, Vice President of Operations at Christophe Harbour Jon Gersonde said, “Christophe Harbour is delighted to be a part of this worthy cause. This is part of a larger initiative to supply fire extinguishers and safety equipment to all of the preschools on St. Kitts and Nevis… So, we are pleased to work closely with the Early Childhood Development Department on this initiative.”

Gersonde said a total of 98 preschools on St. Kitts and Nevis have been identified for the program, with 126 fire extinguishers, costing $32,000, being donated through the Christophe Harbour Foundation.

Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards said, “For an organisation such as Christophe Harbour to come forth and to give not only to the government preschools but also to the private preschools, I believe it is something highly deserving of our commendations.”

The donated fire fighting equipment.

Richards said also, “Christophe Harbour, as a corporate entity, has recognised it also has a corporate social responsibility to the people here in St. Kitts and Nevis, and that is exactly why we are here.”

He noted, “The Early Childhood Development Unit has in place a process, whereby we are able to certify early childhood development centres – preschools. These fire fighting equipment will go a long way in ensuring that all of our centres become closer to the standards we have set for ourselves.”

The minister expressed thanks to the Christophe Harbour Foundation for its timely contribution made to the preschools fire and safety status. He urged the teachers to learn to use them, as they continue to enhance their fire and safety drills.

“I say thanks to Christophe Harbour for its very timely donation. The Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis look forward to the continued partnership,” Richards said on closing.

Meanwhile, Acting Early Childhood Director Joan Wallace also thanked the Christophe Harbour Foundation for its significant and generous donation. She said it was very much appreciated by the early childhood sector.

She said, “Not only would the centre be able to uphold the minimum standards required, the equipment will ensure that safety prevails at this centre.”

Top Photo: Jon Gersonde (L) officially hands over the fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards, the minister with responsibility for education and youth matters.