Monday 16 September, 2019

IGT Jamaica beautifies Mustard Seed’s Jerusalem on Labour Day

Shanice Shaw, Resident of Jerusalem! Home, assists Rohan Williams, Technology Manager of IGT Jamaica in unwrapping a Duranta Gold tree for planting at a pre-Labour Day exercise held recently.

Shanice Shaw, Resident of Jerusalem! Home, assists Rohan Williams, Technology Manager of IGT Jamaica in unwrapping a Duranta Gold tree for planting at a pre-Labour Day exercise held recently.

A splash of golden green foliage will now greet visitors to the Mustard Seed Communities’ Jerusalem after IGT Jamaica contributed toward beautifying the entrance to the home for Labour Day 2019.

IGT donated 160 Duranta Gold seedlings which were planted by IGT staff and staff of MSC, Jerusalem.

IGT General Manager Debbie Green pointed said the home has “a special place in our hearts.”

In September 2015, Mustard Seed Communities’ Jerusalem was the first of five Mustard Seed facilities to receive an After School Advantage (ASA) computer centre from IGT Jamaica.

“Our partnership with Mustard Seed continues to flourish,” said Green. “Last November, we opened the fifth Mustard Seed ASA Centre at the Matthew 25:40 home.  We remain steadfast in our efforts to use technology to empower our children who face developmental challenges,” Green said.

Darcy Tulloch Williams, Executive Director of Mustard Seed Communities, in expressing her gratitude to IGT, said the computers have been a lifesaver for the children.

“IGT has been so generous in setting up the ASA Centre and in following up with us afterwards.” She shared her appreciation for the “wonderfully productive” relationship between IGT and Mustard Seed, noting also that the computers connect the children – who are living with various disabilities – to the outside world. “It has been extremely impactful in their lives,” declared Tulloch Williams.

“These plants will bring beauty to the home. They will enhance the surroundings and will positively impact the workers and visitors alike by creating a cheerful environment. At IGT Jamaica, we believe that quality of life is very important, especially for our most vulnerable citizens.”

Pointing to the theme of Child Month in May (“Encourage, Enable, Include ME”), Green also observed that IGT’s support for the Home, including this beautification project, has helped to create an empowering and safe environment for the children, who are differently abled.

Located on 14 acres of land near Spanish Town, Jerusalem houses a pre-school, a village layout for older residents, and agricultural initiatives.

It provides a secure and supportive environment for over 150 children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Skills training and formal education are available for residents who wish to follow a more independent way of life.

 

 

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