JIS News

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is funding the construction of two basic schools in the communities of Juno Pen and Epsom in St. Mary at a cost of $26 million.
The contracts for the projects, valued at $13 million each, were signed during two separate functions on August 10.
Each community is expected to contribute $3 million in cash or kind to the total cost of the project, as part of the condition for approval for funding.
The works, to be undertaken by SWC Woodwork and Construction Company Limited, is expected to begin in two weeks and in each case, will comprise the construction of two classrooms to accommodate 60 students, water closets, bathrooms, kitchen, office for the principal, playing area, perimeter fence and furniture for students and teachers. The contract period is four months.
Grace Ann Miller, Human Resource Manager at the JSIF, lauded the history of successful partnership, which has developed between the parish of St. Mary and her organization, pointing out that since its inception, JSIF has completed 41 projects in the parish, representing a total investment of $283 million.
She noted that the money to be spent would not only represent an effort to mold and develop the minds of the children of both communities, but also amounted to tangible investment in the future of the nation.She encouraged the beneficiary communities to take care of the schools for future generations.