JIS News

Hundreds of residents from the inner city community of “Russia” in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, and surrounding areas, turned up at the Hudson Street Early Childhood Centre Wednesday (August 26) to participate in an Opportunity Fair.
The Fair, organised and sponsored by the Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) of the Ministry of National Security, featured a tent village in which several social services were made available to the residents at no cost.
Persons in attendance were able to access information and to register to acquire important documents such as Taxpayer Registration Numbers (TRN), birth certificates from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), and to access the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).
In an interview with JIS News, social worker with the CSJP, Melva Spence, explained that her organisation services some 11 inner-city communities in western Jamaica. She added that similar Opportunity Fairs will be held in all of them over the next few months.
“Today, we have the RGD with us, they will be providing birth certificates to the individuals who need them. We have the National Insurance office, we have the TRN persons from the Internal Revenue Department. We also have the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), and the Social Development Commission (SDC), which will be giving information on the services that they provide,” she stated.
She described the attendance at the Fair as overwhelming, adding that a huge amount of requests were for birth certificates from the RGD. She explained that many persons are unable to access benefits under the PATH programme because they do not have birth certificates.
She issued an appeal for all inner-city residents to attend the Opportunity Fairs, whenever and wherever possible, so that they can access the services being offered.
Meanwhile community member, Faye Taylor, told JIS News that she was very pleased with the services offered at the fair, adding that it is of great assistance to the members of the community as many of them are financially challenged.

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