KINGSTON — The Canadian Government, through its Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), has funded a water conservation system for the Hanbury Home for Children in Manchester, to the tune of C$10,000.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony on Friday February 18, Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Stephen Hallihan, lauded the staff at the Home. He said they were providing a critical service to the residents, and that Canada was happy to contribute to the provision of water to the Home.
“The strength, or worth of a society is measured by its response to those of its members who are most vulnerable, and the very existence of Hanbury and its sisters and brothers homes around the island, is a very clear testament to the fact that Jamaica’s society has great depth of compassion and commitment to those most vulnerable, and specific the children,” he said.
“Hanbury serves as a real tribute to the Salvation Army, the tremendous strength that organisation does, not only in Jamaica, but around the world. Hanbury is an example of the Army, and what a Home is. It’s a residential community, it’s an educational facility, it’s a place of peace, it’s a place of safety and it is a pace of growth for those who pass through it. I am well aware of the fact that you cannot run a facility like this without lots of supportinginfrastructure, including the provision of clean water. So, we are pleased to have played a small part in its development,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Home, Salvation Army Captain, Lynette Jones, said the effort to develop the water project at the facility, was with community and international cooperation.
“It’s about community, internationally and locally and individuals coming together to make something happen, and we can have vision and visions are great, but unless we put legs on them they are useless. And this is what this has done, it has put legs on a vision and the impact will be incalculable, not just immediately today, but this is a sustainable project that will last,” she stated.
Work on the water project at the Hanbury Home for Children included the installation of piping and a pump to the various areas of the Home, dorms, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry. It will provide more safe storage, reliable and adequate water pressure for everyday needs. The Home has 79 children, and a staff complement of 29. It is run by the Salvation Army.
By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS Reporter