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The Aloca foundation, through its local subsidiary Jamalco, has provided US$339,000 ($21 million) in grants to assist the voluntary work of four organizations in addition to development projects at three academic institutions.
At an awards function held at Jamalco’s Halse Hall refinery in Clarendon on Thursday (Jan.12), Ealane Livingston Smith, the company’s public relations specialist, explained that the ceremony served to recognize those institutions that continued to contribute to the country’s development.
Of the total, US$50,000 was granted to the Economic Development Foundation of Jamaica (EDF); $80,000 to Food for the Poor (FFP); US$24,219 to the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD); and US$25,000 to the Jamaica Association on Mental Retardation (JAMR).
In addition, Denbigh and Glenmuir High schools received US$25,000 and US$35,000 respectively, while Northern Caribbean University got US$100,000.
Communications manager, Blossom Laidlaw, pointing to projects undertaken, said that EDF had assisted in the construction of a model community policing and services centre at Grant’s Pen in Kingston and implemented recommendations to reduce crime in that area; FFP put in place a project to help restore the livelihood of fishermen in Portland Cottage and Welcome Beach, Clarendon, in addition to training the fishermen and providing them with gear and equipment, boats and boat sheds; while JAD is carrying out a project to prepare hearing challenged adults for tertiary education.
The allocation to the JAMR will assist in creating a skills training centre for mentally challenged persons in May Pen.
The assistance to NCU is for the building of an environmental and applied sciences centre to facilitate research into environmental issues associated with bauxite mining and alumina refining; Denbigh High School plans to build an administrative block with a library and computer-aided learning centre with Internet access; and the donation to Glenmuir High School will assist in the construction of a library/research centre, staff lounge, kitchen, bathroom facilities, store room, an office and classroom, and an audiovisual and Internet room. Work on this facility is expected to begin in March.
Meanwhile, Pamela White, community relations administrator at Jamalco, explained that the company was also recognizing 10 staff members, who had given and were still giving a minimum of 50 hours of voluntary service to a wide range of projects in local neighbourhoods and communities under Alcoa’s ‘BRAVO’ projects. Each ‘BRAVO’ volunteer received assistance of US$250 towards their various projects.
In addition, 40 workers were recognized for their contribution under the ‘ACTION’ (Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighbourhoods) programme, where a minimum of eight volunteers form groups to give service to community projects. Each group received US$3,000. The ‘ACTION’ and ‘BRAVO’ volunteers also received certificates and plaques of recognition.
Persons, who assisted in the construction of a driveway and installation of safety railings at the Glenmuir Preparatory School, the construction of a meeting room for the Denbigh Kraal Citizens Association and the erection of fencing at the Newtown Phase 2 Basic School, were also recognized.

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