Platinum Bank Opened Computer Class for Deaf Children
On June 01, on the occasion of International Children’s Day, Platinum Bank, in conjunction with Eastern Europe Foundation, opened a computer class for deaf children at Culture House of Kharkiv Regional Organization of the Ukrainian Deaf Society. This class is unique in that it will allow deaf children to study deaf sign language. Within the framework of Computer World for Children Program, Platinum Bank, in conjunction with Eastern Europe Foundation, has already opened four computer classes for children and youth. The Program has been implemented since December 2008; over 50 computers have been installed in such institutions as Nadiya (Hope) Tetyiv Children’s Home (150 km from Kyiv), Svitanok (Dawn) Children’s Home (in Berezan’), Boarding School # 1, and Shelter+ Youth and Teenagers’ Center (in Kryvyy Rig).
Greg Krasnov, CEO of Platinum Bank, noted: “We wish to express our congratulations to children for whom this unique computer class opens on International Children’s Day and are glad sincerely that, from now, they will be able of communicating the entire world without no restriction or limitation and participate actively in the life of the entire community. I would like to emphasize that a special attention was paid to this class in our Computer World for Children Program because it solves problems of deaf children through teaching them deaf sign language. In our nearest plans are also the opening of computer class for blind children in Kharkiv and the continuation of our computer literacy program in other regions of Ukraine.”
“For deaf youth, computers from Platinum Bank mean the actual opportunity to get knowledge and skills in order to find their proper position in the community. I am very glad that our joint social initiatives with Platinum Bank continue helping those who need for this,” – Viktor Lyakh, Executive Director of Eastern Europe Foundation, commented.
This Computer World for Children educational program is a strategic line for Platinum Bank within the social responsibility framework. Apart from this project, the Bank develops and implements corporate volunteership programs (the participation of the Bank’s employees in socially responsible projects of helping children from low-income families, orphans children, and social orphans) and the maintenance of Go Green business environmental standards.
Platinum Bank (www.platinumbank.com.ua) (operating formerly under such brands as IMB Group, International Mortgage Bank, and Family Credit) offers deposits and loan products to individuals through its network of outlets and points of sales throughout Ukraine. As at January 01, 2009, Platinum Bank’s consolidated assets were UAH1.4 billion. Platinum Bank ranks the first among the Ukrainian banks in terms of capitalization (the consolidated share capital / assets ratio) and the 34th in terms of consolidated share capital. The main shareholders of Platinum Bank include international management companies Horizon Capital, East Capital and IFC (a member of the World Bank Group).