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    A sum of $3 million has been donated to the Mustard Seed Communities, by mobile operators, Digicel, to assist with the purchase of furniture and equipment for children at Martha’s House of Safety, which was destroyed by fire recently.
    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Jamaica, Mark Linehan handed over the cheque to Executive Director and Founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon, on May 20, at a brief ceremony, held at the organisation’s headquarters, in Kingston.
    Mr. Linehan said that the donation is in keeping with the company’s mandate to “assist where we see a need.” The two-storey wooden building was destroyed by fire earlier this year, displacing 30 disadvantaged children.

    Executive Director and Founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon (left) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Jamaica, Mark Linehan (centre), interact with Class Two students at the Little Angel Learning Centre, located on the premises of the Mustard Seed Communities headquarters in Kingston. Occasion was the handing over of $3 million by Digicel, on May 20, to assist with the purchase of furniture and equipment for children at Martha’s House of Safety, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year, displacing 30 disadvantaged children.

    He said that while other donations are being made to rebuild the structure, there is none for the furnishing of the building. “It is great to have a building, but if it is an empty shell, it is not good. So, they need the furniture and equipment and we felt that it would be ideal to support that,” he added.
    The CEO praised the representatives of the home for the tremendous work they have been doing over the years, adding that life without the facility would be “unthinkable.”
    “Just walking through the compound you can see the fantastic work that they are doing, the kids are happy, and the physically challenged kids are getting physiotherapy and looked after,” he said.

    Executive Director and Founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon (left) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Jamaica, Mark Linehan (centre), share a light moment with Class Two students at the Little Angel Learning Centre, located on the premises of the Mustard Seed Communities headquarters in Kingston. Occasion was the handing over of $3 million by Digicel, on May 20, to assist with the purchase of furniture and equipment for children at Martha’s House of Safety, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year, displacing 30 disadvantaged children.

    Father Ramkissoon, in thanking the CEO for the donation, said that the money will be used to purchase kitchen equipment and bedroom furniture, among other things.
    He noted that some of the furniture and equipment will be purchased beforehand and transferred later to Martha’s House, when the buildings are completed.
    He called on other persons to assist, pointing out that only 50 per cent of the target has been met. “I would love to ask people to help us with building materials, we need contractors, labourers and if anyone has any money, they can give us, we will buy materials with it,” he said.
    “We can’t contract it out as yet, because we don’t have all the money,” he said, informing that the total cost of the repairs is $19 million. “We have about $8 million,” he noted.
    The Mustard Seed Communities is a faith-based non-profit organisation based in Kingston. The charity, which was founded in 1978, provides assistance for mentally and physically disabled children, homeless teenage mothers, abandoned or orphaned children, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

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