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  • Several communities across the island are to receive financial assistance totalling $2 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to carry out various Labour Day activities.
  • General Manager for Corporate Services, JSIF, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, said the financial support being provided is part of the agency’s continued investment in community development.
  • Labour Day will be observed on Monday (May 23) under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake, Keep It Clean’.

Several communities across the island are to receive financial assistance totalling $2 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to carry out various Labour Day activities.

The 18 communities, which fall under the JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), will be given up to $100,000 each.

The ICDP, which is funded by the World Bank, aims to promote public safety and transformation in communities through the delivery of basic infrastructure and social services.

Community leaders were yesterday (May 18) presented with letters of commitment for the undertaking during a ceremony held at JSIF’s Oxford Road offices in Kingston.

Activities to be carried out will involve the cleaning and beautification of community spaces, rehabilitation of schools, refurbishing of community bathrooms, and erection of walls and fences.

The works will be undertaken through partnership with the Ministry of Health. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who was in attendance, welcomed the intervention from JSIF, which he said, will help in the Government’s thrust to fight the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the Zika Virus.

“We have to keep persons aware of the risk that is there and help them to recognise the critical role that they have to play in identifying and eradicating mosquito breeding sites around their communities,” he said.

General Manager for Corporate Services, JSIF, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, said the financial support being provided is part of the agency’s continued investment in community development.

She reminded the community representatives that it’s not just handing over money “but continuing our efforts to keep our environment clean which…will help with the eradication of the Zika Virus.”

The targeted communities comprise: Majesty Gardens, Greenwich Town, Tivoli Gardens, Hannah Town, Denham Town, Rose Town, Rema and Maxfield Park in Kingston and St. Andrew; Ellerslie Pen (Spanish Town) in St. Catherine;  York Town, Treadlight and Canaan Heights in Clarendon;  Steer Town in St Ann; Anchovy, Granville, Retirement, Barrett Town in St. James; and Russia in Westmoreland.

Labour Day will be observed on Monday (May 23) under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake, Keep It Clean’.

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