JIS News

Hundreds of homeowners and builders from the parish of Hanover are to benefit from training clinics on how to build safe homes, to be carried out by the HEART Trust/NTA in collaboration with the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica.
Interested persons are being urged to attend the sessions, which will be held in the communities of Johnson Town and Green Island on June 11.
The clinics are being held as part of HEART’s National Reconstruction Training Project, which was implemented last October, with the intent of reaching some 50,000 construction tradesmen and homeowners across the island. It is being carried out at an estimated cost of $10 million.
Coordinator of the project, Harold Valentine, told JIS News that the building safe homes initiative was “designed to assist people to learn new techniques and new ways of securing their buildings whenever there is a hurricane or other disasters of that nature. It also assists citizens to build safely, whether they are putting up a new building or reconstructing after a disaster”.
He noted that so far, “we have covered a number of parishes. As a matter of fact, we have gone around the island once already and are going around it a second time. We are going into communities that were affected by Hurricane Ivan last year and . other disaster-prone and hurricane-prone communities and help people to understand and to learn and adopt new and safe practices in the event of disasters”.
He told JIS News, that since April this year, teams of highly competent instructors from the HEART Trust and the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association have held free technical construction and reconstruction clinics in the parishes of St. Mary, St. Ann, Manchester, Clarendon and Trelawny.
Mr. Valentine informed that on completion of the clinics in Hanover, the training sessions would be taken to the other western parishes, with the aim of covering the rest of the island by the end of the summer.
He is encouraging all construction tradesmen and homeowners to make good of the opportunity to get free technical skills in building or reconstructing houses that could resist disasters, especially hurricanes.

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