March 31st 2020 ・ 10 min reading
«We believe that educating children is the means by which we can make the greatest impact on the families and communities of our employees», says Andrew Biles, CEO of Chiquita.
On March 16th, the next step towards the fulfillment of this commitment will be taken: the company intends to donate the land of all the schools at Sarapiquí to the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. These schools educate a population of around 400 students; they are all situated in areas where Chiquita’s workers live. The donation will enable the Ministry of Public Education to invest in the school infrastructure.
With this donation the new owners and the new Chiquita management are making good on a promise made in 1993. This was when banana production in Sarapiquì started. From the very beginning, Chiquita was concerned about the education of the workers’ children. For this reason, the company built up schools in the area and decided to donate the land on March 16th, 2018. The Minister of Education, Mrs. Sonia Marta Mora and Raúl Gigena, Director of Human Resources at Chiquita as well as Wagner Beig, Chiquita Director for Agriculture will sign the donation contract in a celebration at the Finca Cocobolo in Sarapiquí. Many workers and employees are expected to take part in the event.
Within ten years all the children in the banana producing areas will be given the opportunity to obtain agood primary education.
Andrew Biles, CEO of Chiquita, says: "We initiate and support community projects such as investing in school infrastructure, helping children receive an education, creating environmental awareness and promoting social empowerment." Chiquita is convinced that helping children gain access to primary education has a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities. This is not only good for society, but also for the quality of work Chiquita counts on."