Saturday 21 September, 2019

NCB Foundation commits $3m to National Children’s Home rebuilding

Thalia Lyn, Chairman of the NCB Foundation

Thalia Lyn, Chairman of the NCB Foundation

With approximately 44 children displaced by a massive fire at the Jamaica National Children’s Home just ahead of the back-to-school period, the NCB Foundation has moved to donate $3 million to the rebuilding efforts.

Members of the NCB team also handed over a collection of personal care and educational supplies to United Way of Jamaica, a non-profit organisation leading a drive to raise funds for the restoration of the institution.

Chairperson of the NCB Foundation, Thalia Lyn shared that in addition to helping with the rebuilding of the Home, the NCB Foundation was committed to helping the children to start the school year on the right foot, in spite of the challenging circumstances.

“Helping to rebuild the Children’s Home is a priority for the NCB Foundation,” Lyn noted. “But we also wanted to see to the overall well-being of the children. We are hoping to help them get prepared for the upcoming school year as well, something we know will help to boost their spirits and get them excited about the year ahead.”

Lyn added: “Education is the most important mandate of the NCB Foundation, because we know that this is what will truly fuel the change our nation needs. So, in spite of the circumstances, we want to play a part in ensuring that the education of these children stays uninterrupted, no matter what.”

Nadeen Waugh, Director of the Jamaica Children’s Home shared the status of ongoing restoration efforts, saying: “Although we already have the electrical and Fire Brigade reports, as well as a team of structural engineers and surveyors doing assessments, we still have a long way to go before we can start rebuilding the Home. However, we’re very encouraged by the fact that the NCB Foundation, and several other corporate entities have come on board to help us.” 

Waugh also pointed out that they were fortunate to be able to keep all the children together at a temporary facility, which has helped to give them a sense of stability and keep them around familiar faces, friends and caregivers. 

The donation was part of a drive organised by United Way of Jamaica, which set out to raise J$8 million towards the restoration project.

Marcia Forbes, Chairperson United Way of Jamaica expressed her gratitude for the contribution.

“Our goal is always to try and mobilise resources for causes such as this one, so as soon as I saw what happened, I began calling around, because this is an important issue that needs our attention. Our goal was to raise eight million dollars, and with this donation from NCB we are a just below the seven million-dollar mark,” shared Forbes.

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