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  • The Community Renewal Programme (CRP) will be rolling out its social intervention initiatives to reach 17 communities in Kingston and St. Andrew.
  • The move comes following a successful pilot of the programme in Majesty Gardens in 2012.
  • Programmes to be put in place will address six primary areas that research has shown, affect most of these communities.

The Community Renewal Programme (CRP) will be rolling out its social intervention initiatives to reach 17 communities in Kingston and St. Andrew.

The move comes following a successful pilot of the programme in Majesty Gardens in 2012.

“We were successful in the coordination of over 30 agencies around social development for Majesty Gardens,” said Technical Specialist for Socio-economic Development, CRP, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Charmaine Brimm.

She was addressing a recent Think Tank, held at the JIS’ head office in Kingston.

The 17 communities to benefit from the CRP interventions are:  Delacree Park, Greenwich Town, Seaview Gardens, Trench Town, Jones Town, Maxfield Park, Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town, Fletcher’s Land, Central Kingston, Hannah Town, Greater Allman Town, Rae Town, Parade Gardens, Springfield Gardens, Rose Gardens and Franklin Town.

She said programmes to be put in place will address six primary areas that research has shown, affect most of these communities.

“Those six areas are socio-economic development, youth development, governance, safety and justice, social transformation and physical transformation,” Ms. Brimm outlined.

“So, we are going to help to pull the relevant government entities together. We also identify private sector entities as well, who may have some kind of social programme and could possibly fill a gap,” she informed.

CRP is partnering with the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF), an international non-profit organization, to host a three-day parenting workshop in the community of Parade Gardens for approximately 150 residents. This will be a pilot for the implementing of AOLF workshops in other communities.

The CRP is also in its second phase of a project with private sector entities, GasPro and Carrington Direct to stage cook-up competitions, designed to connect with vulnerable or at risk communities through a food festival.

The CRP is a multi-faceted programme, financed by the Government of Jamaica and international development partners, designed to address living conditions in communities island-wide, deemed the most socially problematic.

It addresses community empowerment, housing, sanitation and waste disposal, economic opportunity, recreation, dispute resolution, crime, among other things.

The programme aims to reach 100 of the most volatile and vulnerable communities in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and Montego Bay.

Ms. Brimm said the hope is that the successes seen in Majesty Gardens “will be equally successful,” in the other areas.