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  • Residents of Majesty Gardens in Kingston came out to rehabilitate their community sanitary facility on Labour Day (May 23).
  • In addition to sanitation projects, works also involved cleaning and beautification of community spaces, rehabilitation of schools, and erection of walls and fences.
  • Labour Day activities were conducted under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake...Keep it Clean’ to highlight the importance of creating and maintaining a clean and safe environment.

Residents of Majesty Gardens in Kingston came out to rehabilitate their community sanitary facility on Labour Day (May 23).

The activity entailed replacing toilets, repair and painting works, and general clean-up and garbage removal.

The exercise, organised by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), involved partnership with the Ministry of Health’s ‘Operation Mosquito Search and Destroy’ vector control campaign.

It was in keeping with the Government’s thrust to promote a healthy environment and fight the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the Zika virus.

Eighteen communities across the island, which fall under JSIF’s World Bank-funded Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), received up to $100,000 each to carry out various Labour Day activities.

In addition to sanitation projects, works also involved cleaning and beautification of community spaces, rehabilitation of schools, and erection of walls and fences.

Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, told JIS News that the Labour Day exercise was a continuation of work under JSIF’s ‘Owning your Environment’ project.

“For the past year and a half we have been working with these 18 communities on solid waste clean-up and proper environmental management practices. We have successfully completed construction of more than 100 garbage skip enclosures and recycling centres,” he informed.

Majesty Garden Resident, Shamar Gordon, expressed his pleasure at the work done in his community.

“What I like about it is that we clean up and try to make the place better and that we will keep it clean,” he said.

Labour Day activities were conducted under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake…Keep it Clean’ to highlight the importance of creating and maintaining a clean and safe environment.

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