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  • Since the establishment of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) in 2012, some $10.45 billion has been spent on projects islandwide, providing employment for more than 61,000 people.
  • This was announced by Project Director for JEEP, Carolyn Gardner, at the opening of the JEEP funded Ralph Anglin Community Centre, in Belvedere, Westmoreland, on January 31.
  • She said that JEEP has proven to be a success because of the partnerships which have been entered into with other state agencies, a practice which will continue with a view of accomplishing its rural development objectives.

Since the establishment of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) in 2012, some $10.45 billion has been spent on projects islandwide, providing employment for more than 61,000 people.

This was announced by Project Director for JEEP, Carolyn Gardner, at the opening of the JEEP funded Ralph Anglin Community Centre, in Belvedere, Westmoreland,  on  January 31.

She said that JEEP has proven to be a success because of the partnerships which have been entered into with other state agencies, a practice which will continue with a view of accomplishing its rural development objectives.

“It is a clear indication that the Government is serious about rural development. We do road repairs, we do cleaning of drains…Since the start of  JEEP, we have partnered with so many stakeholders, including the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and we have been able to accomplish so much,” Ms. Gardner said.

She added that JEEP will continue to work with communities across the island in search of new projects which are aimed at uplifting communities.

The Project Director emphasized that work will start shortly on an islandwide programme, aimed at destroying breeding grounds for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which causes the spread of the Zika Virus (ZikV).

“We will be working in and around every community right across this island to eradicate breeding sites for mosquitoes that cause this virus. I am going to ask you to partner with the JEEP Secretariat, partner with your Member of Parliament as (they) roll out their programme in the different communities,” she told the gathering.

“If you have influence in other areas as well, use this opportunity to spread the word about eradicating the mosquito and getting rid of the breeding sites,” Ms. Gardner urged.