Monday 18 March, 2019

VIDEO: Standpipe youths on learning tour in the United States

Eastern St Andrew Member of Parliament, Fayval Williams with the youths from Standpipe before they left for the United States last week.

Eastern St Andrew Member of Parliament, Fayval Williams with the youths from Standpipe before they left for the United States last week.

Six young people from the volatile Standpipe community in Eastern St Andrew were recently given the opportunity to fly to the United States for learning and travel.

They left the island on Wednesday, August 8, for the three-week tour.

They were beneficiaries of a flourishing partnership between the United States (US) Embassy and Eastern St Andrew Member of Parliament, Fayval Williams.

“I think this is a very positive development and I'm very grateful to the US Embassy for taking on this project and to the community members engaged in making positive changes in the community,” Williams said.

In explaining how the partnership was found, Williams recounts a travel advisory from the US Embassy cautioning US citizens against visiting communities such as Standpipe, which is located near the Embassy.

Williams said, instead of seeing the advisory as bad press, she saw an opportunity that would lend itself to deeper community engagements with the Embassy and residents. Learn about the partnership in the video below.

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