Ground-breaking for Clifton Boys' Home today

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Ground will be broken today for the reconstruction of Clifton Boys' Home in Darliston,Westmoreland, two years after it was destroyed by fire in January 2017.

To date approximately $30 million of the $60 million required for the rebuilding programme has been raised but the Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands (Anglican) has decided to go forward in faith to see the restoration of the facility. It will be increasing its efforts to achieve the targeted sum.

Estimates do not include the cost of fixtures and furnishings.

Designed by well-known architect Ray McIntyre, the rebuilding will involve construction of a two-storey, 4,000-square-foot structure to accommodate 40 boys, up from the 28 housed at the home at the time of the fire ranging in age six to 17 years. The project will be undertaken by the Savanna-la-Mar-based Neville Daley and Associates Construction Company. Quantity surveyors are Neville Mills Associates Limited.

The new facilities will include dormitories and quarters for house parents on both floors, a multi-purpose room which will also serve as a homework centre, a sick bay and common lounge area. A kitchen, storeroom and laundry are among its other features.

Chairman of the home Rev Canon Hartley Perrin thanked the pastor and members of the Assemblies of Holiness Church in the neighbouring community of Caledonia, where the boys have been accommodated at nominal cost since the fire. He also acknowledged the many individuals and companies that have contributed to the ongoing fund-raising programme.

Said Perrin: “In a society that sees our boys falling through the cracks, we are ensuring that these boys who are placed under our care get the tools that will fit and equip them for a better standard of living, while at the same time giving them hope, and a spiritual grounding.”

Bishop of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands Howard Gregory said the church remains committed to caring for people in need, especially children.

“We believe institutions such as Clifton Boys' Home have a critical role to play in a Jamaica in which the number of at-risk males is increasing, and the deterioration in social order poses a threat to nation-building and the attainment of our 2030 Vision to make our country a place of choice.”

Established in 1961, Clifton Boys' Home is one of three children's homes operated by the Anglican Church in Jamaica. The other two are The Wortley Home for Girls in Constant Spring, and St Monica's Home in Chapelton, Clarendon.

The programme begins at 11:00 am.

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