JIS News

The Donnington All-age School in St. Mary is to benefit from new bathroom facilities at a cost of $6.5 million.
On June 22, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the school’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA) signed the grant agreement for the works, which will involve the construction of a new bathroom block with four toilets for girls and three toilets and a urinal for boys. In addition, a new kitchen will be added and a new fence erected along the front boundary of the school.
The duration of the project is expected to be nine weeks and the direct beneficiaries will be the school’s 142 students, five teachers and two ancillary workers. Work is to begin within the next two weeks.
As part of the condition for approval for funding, the PTA is required to contribute 11 per cent of the cost of the project in cash or kind.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony, which was held on the school grounds, Keith Byfield, Financial Accountant at JSIF, said that his organization was pleased to be associated with the project, noting that it was in keeping with the fund’s mandate of channelling social and economic benefits to the nation’s poorest communities by providing funding for various development initiatives.
Mr. Byfield informed that since its inception in 1996, JSIF has funded 53 projects in St. Mary at a cost of $300 million, and said that these projects have enhanced the socio-economic development of the parish.
He reminded the residents of Donnington, that their contribution did not end when the project was completed, as they would be responsible for ensuring that the school and its equipment were well cared for and properly maintained to benefit future generations.