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  • The Homestead Place of Safety, in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, has received $4 million from the British High Commission to support skills training.
  • Children in the care of the State have gained 11 and more subjects in high school, and have transitioned to become lawyers, and other professionals.
  • Part of the funds was raised during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, when the British High Commission hosted a series of fundraising events.

The Homestead Place of Safety, in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, has received $4 million from the British High Commission to support skills training and a facility to cater for the girls after they reach 18 years of age.

The donation was handed over to Acting Chief Executive Officer, Child Development Agency, Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey, by the British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency, David Fitton, on February 10, at the institution.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, told the handing over ceremony that the Ministry has embarked on a strategic objective to “ensure that we take care of our children in State care, and ensure that there is a transition mechanism for our girls and boys who really have no other opportunity.”

She pointed out that children in the care of the State have gained 11 and more subjects in high school, and have transitioned to become lawyers, and other professionals.

Part of the funds was raised during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, when the British High Commission hosted a series of fundraising events, and also from the country’s Bilateral Programme Budget.

“This is for you girls, and I hope that the money we are donating through the Rotary Club will help improve your time here, and make it better in the future,” the British High Commissioner said.

Work was already started by the Rotary Club of St. Andrew to refurbish a section of the building for the girls’ continued development, after they reach 18 years of age.

President of the Club, Mrs. Marie Powell, said the facility will be a safe haven from which the girls will transition to the outside world, and will be spared the challenges which would normally face a young 18-year-old girl with nowhere to live.

“Girls, grasp every opportunity that is afforded you. Also, be sure to mentor the younger girls, and always remember the care being demonstrated as well as the expectations being placed on you by all those involved in creating this wonderful gift for you,” she added.