Sagicor Financial Company Ltd signs contract for Project STAR
Sagicor Financial Company Ltd recently signed an official contract for its donation of US$250,000 ($38 million) to Project STAR (Social Transformation and Renewal).
The social and economic development initiative was created by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica in partnership with the Jamaica Constabulary Force and driven by communities to bring about societal transformation through targeted interventions in under-resourced communities across the island.
Scheduled to run over five years, Project STAR has a target of creating 6,500 jobs in vulnerable communities in an effort to make a major dent in crime, and create safe spaces for citizens to thrive.
Under the initiative, community transformation boards are established in the targeted areas, which consist of members of youth clubs, citizens’ associations and other groups.
They identify the issues that are affecting the communities and work towards solutions.
Activities under Project STAR are earmarked for implementation in 10 communities over the five-year period, with the objective of improving social outcomes.
In addition to job-readiness and placement, Project STAR also engages residents in sports, provides families with support for children and other members, facilitates social welfare services for senior citizens, and works with the police to ensure the safety and security of citizens.
Residents in targeted communities are also provided with vital documents such as Taxpayer Registration Number, birth certificates, and food handler’s permits.