St Thomas gets $8.5 million agriculture boost

Enterprising residents of White Horses in St Thomas received an $8.5 million boost towards an income-generating agriculture programme, thanks to a partnership between Food For The Poor Jamaica and a community-based organization, Upliftment Jamaica.

This injection of funding into the project has so far yielded a fully operational chicken coop and slaughterhouse, along with pigs, goats, bees and other livestock which are used to provide agriculture training for youths in the community, while providing a sustainable means of generating employment and income for community members.

The project is being administrated by Upliftment Jamaica, a non-profit organisation which has been in operation for more than 15 years. The organisation is comprised of dedicated community members who seek to empower the less fortunate in the community through programmes in the areas of technology, sports, skills training and education.

“It is one of the strongest programmes on the eastern corridor of the island,” said Gary Foster, chairman and project coordinator with Upliftment Jamaica. “We want people to come and visit the location to have a greater understanding of how we are nurturing, cultivating and impacting lives in a very sustainable way.”

Chairman of the Digicel Foundation, Jean Lowrie-Chin, had high praises for the Upliftment Jamaica team.

UPLIFTMENT JAMAICA

“We are delighted to partner with Upliftment Jamaica and Food For The Poor on this impactful community development initiative. The name of the organisation alone speaks volumes – ‘upliftment’. Digicel Foundation is keen on supporting initiatives that uplift our nation and supporting extraordinary Jamaicans in implementing sustainable projects that contribute meaningfully to the country’s development,” Lowrie-Chin said.

Since 2004, Digicel Foundation has partnered with communities to support more than 700 projects that continue to impact the lives of more than 580,000 Jamaicans. With the aim of building community spirit as part of its core mandate, the foundation continues to look for opportunities to partner with and innovative and sustainable community initiatives.

For more information on available grants, visit http://www.digiceljamaicafoundation.org

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