Make Good Use of CHASE-Funded Projects – Heaven

Photo: Garwin Davis Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; and Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts and Education Fund (CHASE), W. Billy Heaven, enjoy a light moment at the official opening of the rehabilitated Rio Hoe Community Cultural Centre in Moneague, St. Ann on Thursday (Feb.18).

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  • Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, W. Billy Heaven, is urging citizens to take advantage of the various projects that have been implemented by the Fund in various communities across the island.
  • These include construction, repair and upgrading of early childhood education institutions, community centres, sports and recreation facilities, health centres, libraries, among others.
  • The project involved improvements to bathrooms, kitchen, ceiling and windows; wall finishes; and electrical installation, to benefit the more than 2,000 residents of the area.

Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, W. Billy Heaven, is urging citizens to take advantage of the various projects that have been implemented by the Fund in various communities across the island.

These include construction, repair and upgrading of early childhood education institutions, community centres, sports and recreation facilities, health centres, libraries, among others.

Mr. Heaven said the projects serve as a catalyst for national development.  “That is exactly what we have been doing since our inception 13 years ago. We have been fulfilling our mandate, approving approximately $13 billion for projects across the island. We encourage the people of Jamaica, especially the young, to utilise such facilities and services,” he noted.

He was addressing Thursday’s (February 18) official opening of the Rio Hoe Community Cultural Centre in Moneague, St. Ann, which was rehabilitated by the  CHASE Fund at a cost of $4.5 million.

The project involved improvements to bathrooms, kitchen, ceiling and windows; wall finishes; and electrical installation, to benefit the more than 2,000 residents of the area.

Mr. Heaven noted that the facility is one of 10 community centres across the island that was either built or rehabilitated by CHASE.

The CHASE head, in underscoring the importance of the project, said community centres serve as a “catalyst for a progressive, interactive and inclusive community.”

He said the Rio Hoe Community Cultural Centre must be a hub for training, recreation and cultural and sporting activities. “It must offer programmes, which develop the talents and skills in Jamaica’s youth in arts and culture,” he added.

“We are aware that there is much more to be done but I can say with confidence that we are up to the task as long as the programmes are aligned to national objectives, have a long-term developmental impact, and create opportunities and initiatives that are responsive to community and national needs,” he said.

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