Thursday 5 December, 2019

Holy Family Primary and Infant School appeals for help

Holy Family Primary School is one of 14 schools, which are urgently seeking funding for repairs to the infrastructure of their buildings.

Holy Family Primary School is one of 14 schools, which are urgently seeking funding for repairs to the infrastructure of their buildings.

Founded in 1890, Holy Family Primary & Infant School is appealing for assistance to refurbish the building.

The pressing needs are repairs to the staircase at the school and the leaking roof of the infant department, according to Christopher Wright, principal of the school.

“We have two projects, which the Holy Family Primary and Infant School would like corporate Jamaica to assist us with. One, there is an issue of safety and security, as it relates to some staircases on two blocks which need refurbishing,” Wright informed.

“And two, we have a leaking situation in our grade-two classes, where when it rains heavily, at times water comes in contact with the electrical panel; it chips out the breaker and our children are uncomfortable."

Underscoring the positive impact that it would have on the institution if these two pressing needs were addressed, Wright stated that a school which is safe and secure creates a conducive environment for teaching and learning.

“The children will feel safe and comfortable at school and that will improve the learning process, which would in turn spill off into the community, as they become better thinkers with more creative minds, to redound to the benefit of the community,” he said.

Corporate Jamaica and Jamaicans in the Diaspora can contribute to the rehabilitation of the school through the ISupportJamaica.com platform.

Holy Family Primary School is one of 14 schools which are urgently seeking funding for repairs to the infrastructure of their buildings.

Through a partnership with The Jamaica National Group ISupportJamaica.com online platform, persons can contribute to this project by donating to the initiative under the Pledge2Build Project, which is mounted on the ISupportJamaica.com crowdfunding site.

Phillip Lindsay, operations officer, ISupportJamaica.com, at the JN Group, said that donating to the Pledge2Build Project will enhance the infrastructure of the schools.

Lindsay informed that, to date, US$415 was donated to the Holy Family Primary & Infant School. However, the target is US$50,000.

He explained that contributing to any initiative via the platform is simple and secure. Interested persons may donate by visiting the ISupport Jamaica.com platform at www.isupportjamaica.com, click on the project and then click the “Back This Project” button.

In addition, donations can be made via JN Live e-banking platform or by visiting a branch of any JN Bank or MoneyShop; and, through interbank transfers.

Holy Family Primary & Infant School, formerly known as East Branch Elementary School, is located at 2 & 9 Laws Street, in South Central Kingston in an area commonly known as “Southside.” The initial building was a converted hospital, and the area was a residential one.

However, the building was destroyed in the 1951 hurricane. The school closed for rebuilding and was reopened in the same year. The programme was originally for children of all ages, but in 1963, the school became a junior school with an infant department.

Holy Family is located in an inner city community where opportunities are few, and the economic circumstances dismal. In addition, most pupils come from families which are single parent and female.

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