JIS News

Inmed Partnership for Children has donated 70 electronic and acoustic guitars to be used to train disadvantaged children in Jamaica.
Making the presentation to Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley, Inmed’s Chairman, Linda Pfeiffer said that the guitars were made available through the Gibson Foundation and that this was their first international donation. The presentation took place at Inmed’s anniversary luncheon, held at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., on November 1.
Miss Pheiffer said Jamaica was selected through Inmed’s Programme in Jamaica, based on its emphasis for children and was one of the first recipients of the Gibson Foundation donation. The guitars, she pointed out, are specifically made for children between 8 and 12 years of age. She added that Inmed would be working with the Jamaican branch to procure more instruments, so that more disadvantaged children in the country would have an opportunity to learn other musical instruments.
Miss Pfeiffer said that Jamaica was a very important part of Inmed’s programme, and they have been working with the centres of excellence for teacher training in Jamaica. She added that Inmed would be launching Inmed Caribbean and Jamaica would be the main focus.
Representative for Inmed Partnership for Children in the Caribbean, Robert Wright said the donation of instruments was a new initiative being undertaken by the group.
He explained that the guitars would be made available to the Rotary Clubs in Jamaica, which would organize music classes to teach the children how to play the instruments.
Mr. Wright said Jamaica is renowned for its creative arts, and “we, often times have talented youths without any instruments and formal training. This donation will no doubt help to bridge that gap and match the talents and the need for opportunities with these first world equipment”.
Ambassador Shirley expressed thanks to Inmed for donating the instruments.