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Lending a hand, The Bristow way

December 03, 2013

Through Bristow Uplift, Bristow Helicopters in Nigeria has awarded the Wesley School for the Hearing Impaired with a large grant that will provide the school with a solar powered photovoltaic (PV) system, 14 new computers and lighting and fans. In recognition of the grant, the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Education presented an award to Bristow on December 3, 2013 as part of the International Day for Persons Living with Disabilities.

The computers are shared equally between the two Wesley Schools and will enhance the educational experience for both teachers and students. Bristow Human Resources Manager Femi Collins said the decision to assist the institution was in recognition of the school’s efforts over the years to provide a conducive learning environment for the hearing impaired. According to Collins, enhancing the children’s learning environment by ensuring access to modern day teaching and learning tools will better prepare them for a fast changing world.

“A hearing impaired child should be given all the same opportunities as children without impairment,” said Collins. Commenting on Bristow’s choice of a solar powered PV system, he noted that donations such as this must be sustainable and not present additional burdens on the gift recipients. “We have abundant energy from the sun, which will provide the energy and recharge the inverter when it is depleted.”

“This will go a long way to promote social and educational growth of both the students and the teaching staff.”

While speaking at the grant presentation ceremony, Principal of Wesley School One Alimi Babatunde commended Bristow’s kind gesture, saying it was a means of empowering the children. “This will go a long way to promote social and educational growth of both the students and the teaching staff.”

Principal of Wesley School Two Solomon Adeoye expressed his happiness with Bristow for identifying with the school and in particular the children, saying, “Hearing impaired children often get overlooked as they have no obvious signs of disability.” He assured Bristow that the facilities would be used in a responsible way for the benefit of students and teachers.

Also speaking at the presentation of the grant, a retired director in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mobolaji Adenubi, added her praise for the management of Bristow for their support, describing it as an act worthy of emulation. ”I am impressed with the level and quality of support provided by Bristow,” she commented. “Providing computers with Microsoft Office and Internet access, while ensuring there is constant energy to power the computers and the schools’ sick bay, thereby giving the children more learning opportunities, will be so much more rewarding for the children and teachers.” Adenubi, who tells stories for both hearing and visually impaired children, emphasized the importance of providing adequate visual aids for hearing impaired children as they rely on sight to make connections while learning.

Since the program’s inception, Bristow Helicopters Nigeria has participated actively in Bristow Uplift, Bristow Group’s social responsibility program in which the company makes investments that will make a positive difference in the communities where it operates, helps to build strong community relationships, and creates long-term value.