Saturday 19 September, 2020

‘My Body, My Responsibility’ project impacts Kingston women

The group of women who participated in the "My Body, My Responsibility" project share in group photo at the final activity for the project.

The group of women who participated in the "My Body, My Responsibility" project share in group photo at the final activity for the project.

Forty women from the inner-city communities of Kingston 11, including Riverton City, Seaview Gardens, Olympic Gardens and Waterhouse, are now better equipped with some life skills and armed with more knowledge about women sexual and reproductive health following their participation in the St Patrick's Foundation "My Body, My Responsibility" initiative.

The women recently participated in a small closing out picnic event, marking the end of the programme, which was launched in October 2019 and had numerous events leading up to the culminating activity.

During the closing out event, which was held at the Hope Gardens, three participants received scholarships to pursue a course of their choice at the Christ the Redeemer Human Resource Centre in either Cosmetology, Early Childhood Development or Commercial Food Preparation.

Kerine Lee and Geneal Gordon both received part scholarships, valued at $25,000 each, while Kemisha Swaby received a full scholarship, valued at $50,000. Ten women also received gift certificates for a gynecologist consultation and a pap smear.

Kemisha Swaby, the recipient of the full scholarship shared that she will be pursuing the early childhood programme and is looking forward to going back to school as she always wanted to pursue higher education but was unable to due to financial constraints.

Kemisha Swaby 

"The programme was so good and I learnt a lot", Swaby shared, adding that she wished the programme was for a longer period or that it would be implemented again.

"It really impacted my life positively", she said.

Additionally, participants were awarded for top attendance, participation and involvement in the various activities.

Following the launch event last year October, the Foundation hosted the following activities under the "My Body, My Responsibility" campaign - a series of self-defense classes, a 'Sheroes' Lyme, a grooming and etiquette class, a vision board and financial planning session and a women's health and lifestyle expo.

The My Body, My Responsibility project was one of five projects that received a US$20,000 grant from the United States Embassy in Kingston last year.

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