The Mustard Seed Communities’ Loaves and Fishes Ministries, located at the organisation’s head office in Kingston,was officially opened Friday July 9.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, cut the ribbon to officially open the facility, which is an association of several departments within the Mustard Seed family, while on a visit to its head office, ‘My Father’s House’.
Known to be passionate about the welfare of children, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar, said she was impressed with the work of the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) in catering to the needs of children living with HIV/AIDs and severe mental and physical challenges, and expressed the wish that all communities could have such an organisation.
Each department of the Loaves and Fishes Ministries has a unique mission and vision of service for residents, staff, volunteers and the community.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar (second left) is assisted by Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mustard Seed Communities, His Grace, the Most Reverend Donald Reese, in cutting the ribbon to officially open the organisation’s new facility, ‘Loaves and Fishes Ministries’, on Friday (July 9). The facility is located at the head office of the Mustard Seed Communities in Kingston.
The opening followed the Prime Minister’s extensive tour of ‘My Father’s House’, which is home to mentally and physically challenged children. It also houses pottery and card production shops; a community-based radio station – Roots FM; an early childhood institution – Little Angels Learning Centre; and the newly opened Loaves and Fishes Ministries.
The tour formed part of Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s two-day working visit to Kingston, as special guest of Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, following the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in Montego Bay (July 4-7).
The Loaves and Fishes Ministries will be home to the Spiritual Department; the Caring Resource Department; missions; The National Catholic HIV/AIDS Committee Secretariat; and a multi-purpose training and resource room.
Founded by the Very Rev. Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, in 1978, MSC is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that provides food, shelter and respite for children living with HIV/AIDs and severe mental and physical disabilities.
A lawyer by profession, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar became the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on May 26, after leading the coalition People’s Partnership to victory in the General Election on May 24. She left the island on July 9.