Representatives from the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Miya Bahamas and the Arison Group provided repairs, upgrades and upkeep to the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home to celebrate the annual Good Deeds Day.
Started in 2007 by businesswoman Shari Arison, Good Deeds Day has been an annual celebration across the world performing good deeds and giving back to local communities.
Last week, Ms Arison and other representatives of the Arison Group teamed up with volunteers from Miya Bahamas and the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) for Good Deeds Day at the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home in Nassau.
Miya, a subsidiary of Arison Investments, is conducting a ten-year comprehensive water efficiency project with the WSC.
Dozens of volunteers gathered for the day at Elizabeth Estate Children’s Home to paint buildings, clean and repair windows, beautify the garden, install new toilets and faucets and mow the lawn.
The new plumbing fixtures are designed to help conserve water and improve efficiency at the Children’s Home.
New signs and swing sets were also installed.
The administrator of the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home, Betty-Ann Brooks, said that she and the children were very appreciative that they were chosen as the volunteer destination this year on Good Deeds Day.
“The children and I are very excited for all that is happening,” Brooks said.
“There are 37 children living here and we needed this help, so we are grateful for the improvements to the Children’s Home.”
To ensure that the children understood the importance of water conservation, representatives from the Water and Sewerage Corporation performed a leak detection demonstration to teach the young residents how leaks occur, the damage they can cause and how to detect and repair them.
In addition to the work done on Good Deeds Day, WSC and Miya Bahamas also had volunteer teams at the home throughout the week to prepare for the work and ensure that the renovations were completed on Friday.
“Today was an important opportunity for our local representatives of Miya Bahamas and our partners at the Water and Sewerage Corporation to team up to help the communities we serve,” Ms Arison said.
“This global effort has a very real, tangible impact on local communities, so being here today and meeting the people at Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home has been a wonderful experience.”
One of the highlights of the day was the artistic demonstration by a 17-year-old man at the home when he painted a portrait of Shari Arison in front of a crowd.
Ms Arison left with a portrait by the budding artist as a “thank you” gift from the children.