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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has praised members of visiting humanitarian group, Joseph Assignment Global Initiative, on efforts to enhance the lives of residents in several inner city and rural communities.
  • Joseph Assignment, which is a worldwide organisation based in the United States, has been providing interventions in health, education, and skills training in communities in Kingston, St. Mary and Westmoreland over the past two weeks.
  • Team members, along with Mrs. Simpson Miller, visited sections of the Payne Land Division on Wednesday, August 12, culminating at the Tavares Gardens Primary School, where school bags were issued to children.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has praised members of visiting humanitarian group, Joseph Assignment Global Initiative, on efforts to enhance the lives of residents in several inner city and rural communities.

Joseph Assignment, which is a worldwide organisation based in the United States,  has been providing interventions in health, education, and skills training in communities in Kingston, St. Mary and Westmoreland over the past two weeks.

Team members, along with Mrs. Simpson Miller, visited sections of the Payne Land Division on Wednesday, August 12, culminating at the Tavares Gardens Primary School, where school bags were issued to children.

The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the group. “I hope that they will (continue to) partner with us as they spread their wings throughout Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.

She said she is particularly pleased about the focus on the educational development of children.

“I think that it is important for us to place serious focus on education and on our children because our children are the future of our country,” she said, noting that a child from the communities served may rise to become a very powerful figure in the society.

In addition to assistance with back-to-school preparations, the team also hosted a medical clinic offering free health checks for community members.

Councillor for the Payne Land Division, Audrey Smith-Facey also expressed her appreciation to the group.

“We are most grateful as a people, as residents of the Payne Land Division; you wouldn’t know how much this has touched our hearts,” she said.

Executive Director of Joseph Assignment, Mordecai Buckley, told JIS News that for the past 10 years, the company has been undertaking humanitarian activities in various developing countries throughout the world.

He said that the organisation is in Jamaica to partner with several communities to assist in educational development activities, “but most of all to help them to be sustainable”.

For the past two weeks, sections of the Payne Land community have been receiving a facelift where several homes have been painted. This activity is expected to continue for two months.

Mr. Buckley said other initiatives include entrepreneurial training for community members, so that they can create jobs for themselves and ultimately be sustainable.

Co-Founder and Lead Volunteer, Joseph Assignment, Dr. Alexia Felder, said the company is “committed to empowering the lives of the world’s neediest as we believe that because people are born into poverty does not mean they are destined for a life of poverty”.

Established in 2004, the Joseph Assignment Global Initiative is a not-for-profit corporation and an international non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) committed to transforming the lives of the world’s poorest children and their families through sustainable initiatives.