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  • A sum of $9.3 million has been set aside by the Government this financial year to make final payments for works carried out under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) II.
  • The initiative, which ran from June 2007 to December 2013, was implemented by JSIF, with financing from the European Union.
  • Its overall objective involved the alleviation of poverty in vulnerable communities through sustainable growth.

A sum of $9.3 million has been set aside by the Government this financial year to make final payments for works carried out on seven sub-projects under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) II.

Details of this allocation are outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The initiative, which ran from June 2007 to December 2013, was implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with financing from the European Union.

Its overall objective involved the alleviation of poverty in vulnerable communities through sustainable growth.

Achievements under the project as at March 2014 included the rehabilitation and equipping of eight primary and all age schools; expansion and equipping of nine basic schools; the rehabilitation of four community centres; and implementation of two sanitation projects, which involved the construction of 28 sanitation units for multi-household lots.

The programme also saw the disbursement of 52 grants for community-based capacity building activities and small economic enterprises; the hosting of six summer camps; and rehabilitation of two homes – one for the elderly and another for at risk boys.