Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Boys' Homes thankful to Buju for donations through his Foundation

Mount Olivet Boys Home now has a well equipped computer room. With brand new computers and chairs
donated by Kanye West and the Buju Banton Foundation

Mount Olivet Boys Home now has a well equipped computer room. With brand new computers and chairs donated by Kanye West and the Buju Banton Foundation

The administration of the two homes that were recipients of computers from Buju Banton and Kanye West have expressed thanks and deep gratitude.

Banton, through his Buju Banton Foundation, donated computers to the Sunbeam Boys' Home and the Mount Olivet Boys' Home. His friend rapper Kanye West, who visited him recently, donated 50 computers, one for each boy at the Sunbeam Home and ten desktop computers and chairs for Mount Olivet Boy’s Home. 

According to a release from the Buju Banton Foundation, Desmond Whitely of Sunbeam Boys' Home expressed his gratitude to the singer, birth name Mark Myrie.

He said: "Mr. Myrie, we are grateful for your commitment to supporting Sunbeam boys, through your Foundation and as a result you have motivated others such as Mr. Kanye West to partner with you in impacting these young men, especially in their educational development. You may never know the names of the boys you are helping, but their future will be much better because of you. Our boys are proud of you both; they are inspired by your gift and have committed to caring for these computers while using them to improving themselves so they can advance the welfare of Jamaica and the whole human race.” 

In accepting the resources, Patrick Newman of Mount Olivet Boys' Home said: “Mr. Myrie, your commitment to getting your partners involved and share with the boys has not gone unnoticed and we want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your acts of kindness. It is a well-known fact that children are predominantly the most voiceless, powerless and vulnerable in our society, however, we want you to know how much we appreciate your devotion to the Mount Olivet Boys' Home, which remains a beacon of hope for these boys in state care."

The release said in 2019 Buju Banton was awarded the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award by the International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA) for his notable charitable works, through the Buju Banton Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of at risk boys in Jamaica.

In 2020, Buju Banton has been investing more resources and increasing efforts in giving back and helping to better the lives of marginalised boys by working closely with administrators at Sunbeam Children’s Home, Mount Olivet Boy’s Home and Denham Town High School.

He launched the Murdine Clarke Scholarship, gifted assorted footwear, food and funds including his three million dollar cash prize win at the Festival Song Competition, to Sunbeam Children’s Home for construction of a chicken layers business. 

The poultry and egg production venture, upon completion, should provide a sustainable income stream for the childcare facility and employable skills for the wards. 

The layers project will provide training in sound work ethics for all 50 boys. Additionally, it will serve as a temporary means of voluntary employment for those unable to attend school, for any period.


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