JIS News

The St. Augustine’s Place of Safety for Boys, in Chapelton, Clarendon, has received computers, toiletries, basketballs, and articles of clothing, from Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO).
Chairman and Founder of COJO, Gary Williams, who handed over the items on December 11, informed JIS News that this non-profit organisation was founded out of the need to give back to the community, and in particular, to give back to children, who are in essence, the future of the communities.
“We give to children who are in need, children who can’t help themselves, because some of them are neglected, some of them are abused, and they are not responsible, so these children are helpless. So, we figured that the best way to give back was through the children,” he said.
Mr. Williams said he was saddened by the things some of the nation’s children are forced to contend with, stressing that people should invest more heavily in the children, “as a little now, will go a far way in ensuring they become adults, who will assume positions of responsibility, and contribute to the development of their country.”
Assistant Manager at the Home, Michael Coward, expressed gratitude for the donation, and noted that the skills of the boys should improve, particularly in the areas of computer technology and sports.
The New York based COJO, for the past 14 years, has been working assiduously to improve the health, education, and general well-being of underprivileged children. To date, the Glenhope Place of Safety, Musgrave Girls’ Home, Marigold Child Care Centre, and Alpha Boys’ Home, have benefitted from the organisation’s generosity.

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