BSI-CSR celebrates community’s resilience


Best Sunshine International, Ltd.’s Corporate Social Responsibility team collaborated with the Commonwealth Advocates for Recovery Efforts in celebrating the community’s resilience and continued recovery following the destruction of Typhoon Soudelor

The BSI-CSR team’s booth at last Saturday’s SOU’Fest at the Marianas Business Plaza offered young chestnut trees, foxtail trees, and fruit trees to the families in attendance—a symbolic and noble gesture to support the community’s work to rebuild and overcome the challenges resulting from the destruction caused by the strongest typhoon that hit Saipan n recent memory.

Many trees were destroyed as a result of Typhoon Soudelor, which gave the BSI-CSR team the motivation to provide such gesture. The team also assisted in setting up the venue and provided water, ice, and fruits for event organizers and attendees.

BSI played a major role in the community’s recovery immediately after Typhoon Soudelor through collaboration with CARE, the Executive branch, the Saipan Mayor’s Office, and numerous nongovernment organizations.

BSI was at the forefront in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, contributing equipment, manpower, and financial aid totaling to about $500,000 to help the government and the community recover. BSI also provided, among others, over 250 gallons of drinking water and over hundreds of bottled drinking water to those that sought refuge at temporary/emergency shelters.

In a recent Saipan Chamber of Commerce meeting, CARE president Alex Sablan said that “the CSR team of Best Sunshine provided excellent support in conjunction with the Mayor of Saipan and Department of Public Works in clearing much of the debris from each village every week since the typhoon. This debris cleaning allowed American Red Cross Disaster Case Management personnel to enter properties and assess the damage to many homes.” (PR)

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