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The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has indicated its readiness to assist with any social intervention programme that the Government undertakes in Tivoli Gardens and surrounding communities.
Noting that the JSIF has been working with inner-city communities since its inception, General Manager of Technical Services at JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said the Fund has the expertise required to help with the holistic development of these communities.
“We are poised and we are ready, so we just await the powers that be to take the decisions,” he said.
The JSIF is currently involved in two community development projects in West Kingston – the Mid-Town Sanitation Project and a programme to retrofit containers at the Oxford Mall, which was damaged by fire.
Mr. Sweeney informed that JSIF is close to completing the sanitation project, with nine of the 13 sanitation units finished, while work has started on the containers. Apart from the immediate objectives of mitigating public health concerns and helping to boost the economy of the beneficiary areas, Mr. Sweeny said that the projects have an overarching community development feature.
“We are working along with residents and giving them the experience of managing a project for themselves…it also strengthens their capacity to manage community-based projects, so in this case, we are improving their capacity to manage their own development,” he explained.
JSIF was established in 1996 as a component of the Government’s national poverty alleviation strategy. The Fund was designed primarily to channel resources to small-scaled community-based projects.