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  • The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided a $6.9 million grant to the Environment Health Foundation (EHF) for the implementation of a social development project in the community of Parade Gardens in South Central Kingston.
  • The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish their partnership, during a press briefing held on June 4, at the DBJ’s offices on Oxford Road, Kingston.
  • Under the one-year project, the EHF will provide entrepreneurial, career development and skills training for the residents, as well as coaching in personal development and behavioural change.

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided a $6.9 million grant to the Environment Health Foundation (EHF) for the implementation of a social development project in the community of Parade Gardens in South Central Kingston.

The parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish their partnership, during a press briefing held on June 4, at the DBJ’s offices on Oxford Road, Kingston.

Under the one-year project, the EHF will provide entrepreneurial, career development and skills training for the residents, as well as coaching in personal development and behavioural change.

It also involves outfitting the newly constructed Parade Gardens Community Centre with renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies; installing energy-efficient bulbs in households; and increasing awareness of the residents about the benefits of energy conservation.

Managing Director of the DBJ, Milverton Reynolds, said the aim is to empower the residents to improve their circumstances and contribute to the country’s development.

“We believe there is bound to be a positive developmental impact from this intervention. At the end of this one-year programme, the young people will have skills, which will be certified by HEART Trust/NTA,” he said.

He noted that with the new skills and certification, residents of the community “will become socially responsible citizens, participating fully in the life of the country and contributing their fair share of the taxes that help to improve the roads, education and health care.”

Director and Chief Executive Officer of the EHF, Novlet Deans, informed that the total cost of the project is in excess of $21.5 million.

She noted that some 90 residents of Parade Gardens are being targeted to benefit from the training and development initiatives.

“This project will result in employment opportunities and that will certainly aid in the development of Jamaica’s social infrastructure,” Mrs. Deans said.

Vice President, Parade Gardens Community Centre, Shaka Payne, also welcomed the intervention which, he said, will provide the residents with skills to enhance their employability.

He said equipping the community centre with energy-efficient technologies will lower the energy bill by at least 70 per cent.

“This will also aid in keeping us off an overwhelming statistics of community centres across Jamaica that have closed down because of inability to pay utilities and maintenance,” he said.

Other participating stakeholders include the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Social Development Commission (SDC), HEART Trust/NTA and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).