JIS News

Children at the Walker’s Place of Safety, Kingston, were treated to a day of fun-filled activities by the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), Wednesday (December 22).
OCA team members rapped with the children, singing and reading to them, as well as handing out gifts and engaging in outdoor games.
Public Education and Special Projects Manager at the OCA, Georgia Garvey, explained that each year OCA puts on treats for children in homes, as a means of bringing cheer to them and lifting their spirits during the Christmas season.
“These children, sometimes they may not feel special, but we want them to know that they are indeed special to us and this is a good time to show them that they are,” she told JIS News.
She said the treat was put on with the help of sponsors for the first time, this year. They are the Duke Street branches of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) and the National Commercial Bank (NCB).
Supervisor for the home, Stephanie McKenzie-Hinds, said she was grateful to OCA for putting on the treat. OCA also presented the home with kitchen utensils.
Staffed by 11 persons, Walker’s Place of Safety was founded in 1972 and caters to orphans, abandoned and mentally challenged children. The home receives a subvention of $5,000 from the Government per week for each child, and some help from private sector entities. There are 38 children at the home.