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The paediatric ward at the May Pen Hospital, in Clarendon, was painted recently, and the children presented with books by volunteers at the bauxite/alumina company, Jamalco. The company also plans to donate items of furniture to the ward.
The volunteers also cleaned the shelter for homeless persons in the parish capital, operated by the Clarendon Association of Street People (CLASP).
Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, Nadine Nunes-Howe, said Jamalco must be commended for their efforts at a time when the bauxite/alumina industry is facing economic challenges.

Sister Agelika Morgan (left), of the May Pen Hospital, in Clarendon, accepts books for the paediatric ward, Jamalco’s Labour Relations, Work and Environment Administrator, Lorna Givons (centre), while Environment, Health and Safety Superintendent officer at the company, Andrea Spence, looks on.

For her part, Sister Angelika-Morgan, attached to the paediatric ward, expressed her appreciation to the company, and pointed out that the parents will be able to read for their children, while spending time with them in the play area.
Led by Managing Director of Jamalco, Jerome Maxwell, and Alcoa’s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nilson Souza, the volunteers also painted the shelter. The company also presented the shelter with a washing machine.
Mr. Maxwell explained that the company had responded to a public appeal made by officials of CLASP to assist the home. “Since then we have stood by our commitment to assist the institution by providing $36,000 per month,” he said.
The Jamalco volunteers will organise more workdays at the institution, to carry out repairs and complete ongoing construction.