ROUND HILL, Hanover - There were glowing tributes for the Hanover Charities from several of the scores of recipients of grants— which totalling $10 million — during the charitable organisation's annual awards presentation held at the Round Hill Hotel recently.
Among those who gave accolades to Hanover Charities was Antonette Wright, Principal of Success Primary and Junior High in Hanover.
She noted that as a result of financial assistance from the organisation, her school was able to implement programmes which have resulted in an increase in the institution's literacy rate.
According to Wright, the literary rate has moved from a mere 36 per cent in 2005 to 72 per cent last year.
" On behalf of Success Primary and Junior High School, I thank the Hanover Charities for sharing in our vision for school sustainability. Your contribution has helped us to achieve one significant school improvement target and for that we are extremely grateful," said an appreciative Wright, at the presentation ceremony.
She explained that in 1997 Hanover Charities partnered with the school to establish a breakfast feeding programme.
The charity organisation has continued to extend a helping hand to the school since their relationship started 15 years ago. Last year for instance, Hanover Charities gave the school a grant of nearly $200,000 for the expansion of their poultry farm.
According to Wright, the grant has not only enabled the institution to significantly reduce their purchase of chicken meat for its breakfast programme, but the school was also able to sell poultry meat, the proceeds of which she said, assisted the school in its day to day operations.
Additionally, Wright said, the school harvests up to nine dozen eggs daily which are produced by chickens purchase from a portion of last year's grant.
" We sell those eggs to members of the local school community, persons in the community of Success, to supermarket and we sell to Caribbean Egg Processors in Montego Bay," a proud Wright later told the Jamaica Observer.
In the meantime, a number of students drawn from high schools and tertiary institutions who were awarded scholarships, also lauded the by Hanover Charities at the recent ceremony.
Hanover Charities is the largest charity organisation in western Jamaica. It was founded in 1957 by the late William DeLisser, a former Custos of Hanover, John Pringle and Betty Phillips, who died last year.
Over the years, the organisation has staged an annual fund-raising event - an elegant ball called the "Sugar Cane Carnival" - at the prestigious Round Hill Hotel and Villas.