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  • The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) on Friday (February 27) launched its Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) in the community of Steer Town in St Ann.
  • Steer Town is among 18 similar communities across six parishes in which projects promoting institutional strengthening, public safety and transformation are being implemented by JSIF.
  • The project, which is being carried out by JSIF, through a loan from the World Bank, will impact more than 80,000 residents in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann, St. James, and Westmoreland.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) on Friday (February 27) launched its Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) in the community of Steer Town in St Ann.

The project was launched during a ceremony held at the New Testament Church of God, Steer Town Clarendon.

Steer Town is among 18 similar communities across six parishes in which projects promoting institutional strengthening, public safety and transformation are being implemented by JSIF.

General Manager for Project Management at JSIF, Loy Malcolm noted that the project represents the Government’s thrust towards enhancing the living conditions in communities with a view to having them all moving towards the goals of Vision 2030: that of making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work , raise families and do business.

She urged residents and other stakeholders to become involved from the onset, to ensure that at the end of the five year run, its deliverables tailor fit their community’s specific needs.

“We encourage you to participate and give us feedback so (as to ensure) that this programme works for you,” she stated.

Over the next two to three months, the community will be engaged in discussions that will yield important information and feedback which will be used by JSIF and its partners to determine the ICDP priorities.

For her part, Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, Shahine Robinson called for members of the community to unite to ensure the success of the ICDP.

“We are here as a family, focussed on the uplifting of our community. We admit that there are challenges in Steer Town, but they are not insurmountable … and with all hands on deck in a strong partnership, we can overcome and make positive changes that we seek to make,” she said.

She emphasised that the project represented an investment in human capital, while listing education and training, access to land for residence and agricultural production, employment and reduction in poverty, as community priorities.

Councillor for the Lime Hall Division and Chairman of the St Ann Parish Council, Mayor Desmond Gilmore said he was pleased by the fact that the project will seek to strengthen the town’s physical and social infrastructures.

This he said will bring about the change needed to make the parish of St Ann, the place of choice for business investors and visitors.

“I want for my community to understand that we have a role to play. We are poised for very good things, positive things but we have a part to play,” Mr. Gilmore said.

The project, which is being carried out by JSIF, through a loan from the World Bank, will impact more than 80,000 residents in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann, St. James, and Westmoreland.

Some of the major partners include the Ministries of National Security, Health and Education as well as the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), NSWMA, HEART/Trust NTA and the Social Development Commission (SDC).