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Spanish Town schools get educational supplies from charity groups

Kimmo Matthews

Friday, March 16, 2012    

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THREE schools in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Tuesday received donations of educational supplies from charity groups Food for the Poor and Matthew 25: Ministries.

The schools — Spanish Town High and Harvest Time and Irish Pen basic schools — received thousands of notebook, pencils and packs of crayons, among other items.

The presentations were made at Spanish Town High School and were the first in a series to be carried out across the island.

At Tuesday's presentation, Wendell E Mettey — founder and president of Matthew 25: Ministries which is based in the United States — emphasised that it is only when "a person's most basic needs are met that one can become self reliant".

"Because of this belief, Matthew 25: Ministries has always placed an emphasis on education, job creation and providing aid to children," Mettey explained.

Mettey, who led an 11-member delegation of volunteers that arrived in the island for a four-day visit last Sunday, said he was committed to continue assisting local organisations and individuals facing socio-economic challenges.

Meantime, Leopold Porter, vice-principal of Spanish Town High, welcomed the donation.

"We are thankful for the contribution and we believe this will go a far way," said Porter.

Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica has been partnering with Matthew 25: Ministries for several years — a partnership through which several donations have been made to schools, children's homes, hospitals, churches and infirmaries.

Based in the United States, Matthew 25: Ministries helps the poorest of the poor, providing basic necessities, skill development, and disaster relief for people across the US and worldwide.

On Tuesday, Mark Khouri, director of FFP's Gifts and Kind Department, said FFP was grateful for the partnership, which has stretgened the organisation's capability to help the less fortunate.

Meantime, the Matthew 25 delegation also toured the FFP Office in Spanish Town, Mustard Seed Communities (Jerusalem) and the Christian Care Retirement Home. They were accompanied by representatives of FFP Inc and FFP Jamaica.

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