Financial help for PEP students, including girl who lost mother
Several students who attend schools in some of the volatile communities in the Corporate Area and who managed to do well in the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams, despite the many challenges that they had to face, were recognized for their work and given financial assistance to address their back to school expenses by an organization called Sanmerna Foundation.
One of those students was a child from Balmagie Primary, who lost her mother a week before the exams but was able to do well and was in fact selected to attend Immaculate Conception High school.
The Sanmerna Foundation hosted sixteen students from five primary schools in the Kingston 11 area at their office at 2A Ashenhiem Road, Kingston 11 on Wednesday, and presented them with cheques totalling $1.2 million to assist with school expenses.
The schools included Greenwich All-Age, Cockburn Gardens Primary, Tavares Gardens Primary, Duhaney Park Primary and Balmagie Primary.
Addressing the students, Robert White, Director at the Sanmerna Foundation commended them for excelling despite the odds.
He said this year was particularly challenging for the students from the Kingston 11 area from Waterhouse, Payne Land, Hagley Park, Waltham Park and surrounding communities.
White said he was aware that the students endured much and as a result, this has made him even more committed to assisting them. He charged them to remain focused, to give back and to continue on the success path.
Officials from the foundation said to date, the organisation has given $5,650,000 in scholarships and Grants over a four-year period.
A release from Sanmerna Foundation Ltd stated that the organisation supports grassroots initiatives to uplift disadvantaged citizens by identifying projects that will encourage well-being among its beneficiaries and as such aims to provide not only hope, but well-needed resources such as Education grants, Sports integration, Social Initiatives and Health facilities.