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Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Stephen Hallihan, has commended 10 local organisations for taking on the development of their communities, as he disbursed cheques totaling over C$83,000 for their community-based projects.
The cheques, provided through the High commission’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, were handed over during a brief ceremony at which contribution agreements were also signed, at the High Commission in Kingston, Wednesday (July 28).
High Commissioner Hallihan congratulated the organisations on the quality of their projects, and said it was “refreshing” to see community groups taking the initiative to fix the problems in their neighbourhoods, rather than waiting on others.

Project Coordinator for the Coalition for Poverty Alleviation’s project, Solidarity Poultry Rearing, Sebert Harrison (left), accepts a cheque on behalf of his organisation from Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Stephen Hallihan, at the Canadian High Commission in Kingston, Wednesday (July 28). The High Commission disbursed cheques totaling over C$83,000 to 10 community organisations for community development projects.

“Many of us tend to sit back and dwell on what’s not working in our neighbourhoods.and, in some instances, actually wait for others to come in and fix. It might be our MP, it might be the church, it’s more often than not the Government and other public sector bodies that we look forward to come in and help us move forward and fix things. And that’s not always a bad thing, but it doesn’t always get us to where we want to be,” he elaborated.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is a component of the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) Basic Human Needs Portfolio, aimed at addressing fundamental developmental issues.
Coordinator for the Canada Fund, Deborah Duperly-Pinks, noted that the Fund targets small projects aimed at poverty alleviation and which are sustainable.
“It’s meant to target those groups that may not be able to target larger projects, because they are small and don’t have that capacity. So, it’s about community groups, it’s about small NGOs, it’s about small church outreach programmes,” she explained.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Stephen Hallihan (seated), signs a project agreement for the disbursement of funds to a community-based project under the High Commission’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, while representatives from the various beneficiary groups look on, during a ceremony at the Canadian High Commission in Kingston, Wednesday (July 28). The High Commission disbursed cheques totaling over C$83,000 to 10 community organisations for community development projects.

This year there were almost 100 requests for grants from the Fund, with 10 proposals being approved for funding. These were: the Brown’s Hall Community Development Committee; Manifesto Jamaica; Church of the Holy Spirit Basic School; Prospect Youth and Community Association; Institute of Arts and Culture; Coalition for Poverty Alleviation; School of Destiny; Island Aquatics Synchro Club; Salvation Army Hanbury Home for Children; and Trinityville Training Centre.
Project Coordinator for the Coalition for Poverty Alleviation’s project, Solidarity Poultry Rearing, Sebert Harrison, said his group was excited to be among those chosen, as the funding would enhance their ability to improve their our own lives, and to provide a useful product.
The group’s poultry rearing project is expected to directly benefit 25 persons, in Riversdale, St. Catherine, where unemployment is a major challenge.

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