Photos: Digicel Foundation upgrades Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre
Digicel Jamaica CEO Justin Morin and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. (Photos: Marlon Reid)
A refurbished Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre, on Tuesday, was handed over by the Digicel Foundation, to the caretakers Penwood Church Of Christ by the Digicel, for usage by the Waterhouse community.
Digicel Foundation provided the $5.7million used to renovate the facility.
Named after the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games 100-metre champion in Beijing and London respectively, the centre is expected to serve over 400 members of the community.
The refurbishing will enable the centre to better run programmes for at-risk youths in Waterhouse. When fully operational, classes in baking and pastry making, information technology and sewing, will be offered.
According to Elder Raphael Walker of the Penwood Church of Christ, the centre’s management team is also looking at offering BPO courses, to help residents of the community to be better able to accept opportunities in the growing sector.
Redesigning the facility was part of the renovation process that also included tiling, installation of drywall partitions, painting, electrical works, an upgrade to three bathrooms and a shower from just one, the extension of the multi-purpose court and the erection of a perimeter fence.
According to Digicel Jamaica’s Chief Executive Officer Justin Morin, the centre forms part of the basis on which the Digicel Foundation is empowering Jamaicans to be able to help themselves.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre
Morin said that the foundation, over the past 13 years, has invested US$33m into 1,173 projects that have impacted the lives of 634,000 individuals and the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre will add to those figures.
Morin said, “it is always a proud moment when we can see the results of the hard work that we put in and with all the work that has gone into the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre, now up to 400 people in the community will benefit and isn’t that tremendous.
“With this centre aptly named after her, we want to provide a training ground for the Waterhouse Community where the youths are given the tools they need to hone their own talents, in their own interests, and growing to be the best they can be, in their own space,” Morin said.
In breaking down the figures, Digicel Foundation’s acting CEO, Karlene Dawson, explains that last year the body spent US$607,000 into 22 community development projects, under which the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre’s renovation falls. She said it impacted 31,000 Jamaicans.
Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, expressed a joyful feeling, at being able to help Waterhouse, the community where she grew up as a child.
She said, “to be able to have this centre be a testimony of just how incredible we are as a community, and how many wonderful people we continue to produce, and how much this church continue to pour into our community and how much they give time after time, it is just hard work, commitment and dedication.
“This centre continues to be a beacon of hope for our young men and our young women that they can be able to provide for their family. They can continue to invest in themselves,” Fraser-Pryce said.