Ground to be broken tomorrow

Monday, August 08, 2016

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GROUND will be broken tomorrow for reconstruction of The Wortley Home for Girls, which was destroyed by fire last year June.

Designed by well-known architect, Rivi Gardner, the plans for the new split-level structure have been approved by the relevant government authorities and construction will be done by Food for the Poor, under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands (Anglican), which operates the Home.

The new building will accommodate 32 girls, up from the 19 housed at the home at the time of the fire.

The project, which is estimated to cost $46 million, is being facilitated by the generous support of donors, locally and across the Jamaican diaspora. These include Rivi Gardner & Associates; Peter Jervis, engineer; and Berkley & Spence, chartered quantity surveyors, whose services were provided free of cost; as well as, Tankweld Ltd, which cleared the site for construction.

The Wortley Home for Girls was established by the Anglican Church in 1918 to provide a stable and nurturing environment for orphans and children whose parents had fallen on hard times.

It has since expanded its mandate and now also accepts girls who are referred there based on decisions by the Juvenile Court.

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