L to R – Gayle Pazos, Senior VP and Managing Director at Scotiabank; Jan Sirjusingh, Chief Executive Officer, Princess Elizabeth Home; and Roxane De Freitas, Chair of the Scotiabank Foundation, chat during the tour of the Operating Theatre in the new Orthopaedic Wing at Princess Elizabeth Home for Handicapped Children. (Image courtesy Scotiabank Foundation)

The Princess Elizabeth Home for Handicapped Children (PEHHC) has received a major support boost from the Scotiabank Foundation in the form of a $1 million donation towards new orthopaedic wing, which will help more children receive the medical care they need.

An official release from the Foundation notes that the PEHHC initially was founded some 68 years ago to provide a convalescent home for children with physical disabilities, but expanded its range of services over the years to also provide surgeries and physical therapy for children from lower income households.

“Every child deserves opportunity. Now, with a $1million donation from the Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation towards its new Orthopaedic Wing, PEHHC can support medical treatment for even more children in need,” the release from the Foundation asserted.

The new Orthopaedic Wing will help improve efficiency and patient quality care as it will house the surgical wards, operating theatre, and the clinic under one roof.

“We are indeed grateful for Scotiabank’s partnership to assist us with a major expansion project of our current medical facilities,” said Jan Sirjusingh, Chief Executive Officer at PEHHC.

“The new Orthopaedic Wing will increase the capacity and efficiencies of orthopaedic and rehabilitation services for an estimated 1,200 physically challenged children annually,” she added.

Chief Executive Officer of the Princess Elizabeth Home, Jan Sirjusingh (centre), during the tour of the Operating Theatre in the new Orthopaedic Wing at Princess Elizabeth Home for Handicapped Children. (Image courtesy Scotiabank Foundation)

Gayle Pazos, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago shared the Bank’s inclusive belief.

“Children with disabilities are one of the most excluded and marginalized groups, and often face multiple challenges in realizing their full potential,” she observed.  “Every year, through surgery and rehabilitation, PEHHC helps remove barriers for young people so that they can flourish and participate in society.”

“We share this commitment to helping to promote opportunity, participation and inclusion,” she affirmed, adding:

“We’re truly happy to be a part of PEHHC’s dedication to ensuring that every child in need of their services gets the support required, helping to shape their lives in a positive way.”

The new Orthopaedic Wing at PEHHC is scheduled to be completed within the coming months.