Sunday 18 August, 2019

Rainforest to provide consistent seafood supply to children's home

Fish supplied by Rainforest Seafoods has been a welcome addition to the menu at Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home, according to the home’s administrator Sydia Smith. 

“Rainforest delivers sliced fish for our children every month,” said Smith, expressing her warm thanks for the donation. “And the children do enjoy it – with rice and vegetables. It is a nourishing meal for them.” 

Founded and operated by the Jamaica Baptist Women’s Federation, the home is situated on a gently sloping hillside opposite Anchovy High School, a few miles from Montego Bay in St. James.  It is named after Elisabeth Garland Hall (1867 – 1933), a Baptist missionary and the founder of the Jamaican Women’s Baptist Federation. She herself was orphaned very early and decided to run an orphanage in her own private home.

The cosy buildings provide a safe shelter for around 26 children – mostly girls - aged between six and eighteen years, who need care and protection. Many have suffered from abuse in their families.

Smith, who has been managing the home for the past five years, says she and her small team work hard to provide comfort and a homely atmosphere for the children.

She added: “Rainforest also organize treats for the children at Christmas and special holidays, which we all look forward to. The children really appreciate the fun and games – and the food.”

She also notes that Rainforest may soon able to offer cooking lessons to the children.

“They will really love this. It will be a great opportunity for them to try something new and acquire a skill.” 

“We at Rainforest Seafoods recognize that good nutrition is extremely important for our children’s physical and mental development,” says CEO Brian Jardim. “For vulnerable children who have not had the best start in life, it is even more important. We are very happy to support Garland Hall Children’s Home by providing fish for the young residents’ health - and for their enjoyment.”

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