A gift of a school

FFP hands over four ECIs for November

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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SINCE the start of November, Food For The Poor (FFP) has completed work on four early childhood institutions in the island, replacing old buildings with brand news ones in two, and expanding two others.

March Town Early Childhood Institution in Hanover and Spicy Hill Early Childhood Institution in Trelawny were the recipients of new school buildings, while Gimme-Me-Bit Infant School and Race Course Seventh-day Adventist Early Childhood Institution, both in Clarendon, were renovated and expanded, now boasting two new classrooms and a new bathroom facility.

The construction of the March Town facility was funded by Laura and Peter McCain along with their family members and relatives from the US; and Spicy Hill was funded by Sunwing Foundation.

The renovations and expansions were made possible by the Crispinelli Mission -- a charity group from the United States formed in honour of Stephanie Crispinelli, a 19-year-old who perished in Haiti's devastating earthquake in January 2010 while on a mission trip. The mission had also financed construction of the two faciliites, some years ago.

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites was present at the handing over of the Spicy Hill school, which cost Sunwing Foundation approximately US$85,000 to construct and is the largest early childhood investment through FFP Jamaica since the start of their Jamaica 50 campaign.

He said, "FFP said they would build 50 schools for Jamaica 50 and they have gone and built 65, so we must show our gratitude. We are happy to share with Food For The Poor. They could have invested their resources elsewhere, so God bless them. We couldn't have done it for ourselves without their generosity."

Executive director of FFP Jamaica, David Mair thanked the donors for contributing to the development of Jamaica's education sector and the environment of children, who he said are our nation's future.

-- Ainsworth Morris


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