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FFP, Kind Hearts Foundation give new building to Brixton Hill Primary School

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2024 | 12:50 AM
Gathered for a joyful ribbon-cutting ceremony for the handover of a new building for the infant department of Brixton Hill Primary School in Clarendon on Sunday, June 9, are Food For The Poor executives, volunteers and donors from the Kind Hearts Foundatio
Gathered for a joyful ribbon-cutting ceremony for the handover of a new building for the infant department of Brixton Hill Primary School in Clarendon on Sunday, June 9, are Food For The Poor executives, volunteers and donors from the Kind Hearts Foundation and the Diana and Richard Stewart Foundation. They are joined by Robert Nesta Morgan, MP, Clarendon North Central, and representatives of the community and the school.

Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica and Kind Hearts Foundation (KHF) are pleased to announce the official hand over of a self-contained school building to the infant department of Brixton Hill Primary School in Brixton Hill district, Clarendon. The ceremony took place at the school on Sunday, June 9.

The Kind Hearts Foundation is a branch of the Richard and Diana Stewart Foundation, a part of the Stewart’s Automotive Group.

Volunteers from Kind Hearts worked with the FFP contractors from June 8-9, culminating in the handover ceremony. The new school building is equipped with child-friendly furniture, playground equipment, spacious classrooms, proper sanitation facilities, an office, sick bay, and a fully equipped kitchen.

During the handover ceremony, Susan Moore, director of projects and social intervention, FFP, expressed her organisation’s appreciation for the ongoing partnership with the Kind Hearts Foundation, noting: “They [KHF] are our first local donor who has funded the construction of a basic school in Jamaica, and they continue making great contributions to education as we witness here today.”

Christina Hudson, co-founder and chairperson of Kind Hearts Foundation, highlighted the impact of their work, stating, “Early childhood education is a crucial part of a child’s journey. In total, we have built eight basic schools, one hospital ward, and donated to countless other projects that have touched the lives of thousands of Jamaicans.”

Hudson also thanked STL Solar for donating an eight-kilowatt solar system to ensure a reliable supply of clean energy. Jason Baugh, operations manager, STL Solar, expressed his joy about the contribution, saying, “We are excited to do our part; with the addition of this solar system, we hope to bring reliable clean energy that will power classrooms, enhance learning experiences, and ensure that educational activities can continue uninterrupted.”

Leon Clair, principal of Brixton Hill Primary School, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the school community, and promised: “Knowing that we have received this building from Kind Hearts Foundation, Richard and Diana Stewart Foundation in partnership with Food For The Poor, we are going to do our best to get some good results.”

Participating in the ceremony was Robert Nesta Morgan, member of parliament, Clarendon North Central, who noted the broader impact of the investment: “The return on investment in early childhood education is not just a return in terms of economic value, but also a return on improving the lives and educational outcomes of another generation from this community.”

Errol Haughton, education officer, representing the Ministry of Education and Youth, emphasised the significance of the occasion: “Today marks a significant milestone in our journey to provide quality education to the students of this community.”

Food For The Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organisations, providing a wide range of assistance, including emergency relief, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, and support for orphaned or abandoned children across 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.