Some 250 students from inner city communities across Montego Bay and other areas in the parish of St. James, were presented with school bags, books, and other back-to-school items by the Peace Management Initiative (PMI).
The presentations which took place at the St. James Branch of the PMI’s Church Street office in Montego Bay on Friday, August 27, formed part of the groups annual back-to-school initiative for students.
The supplies valued at approximately $700,000 were given to students from communities including, Flanker, Mt. Salem, Rose Heights, Granville, Glendevon, Norwood, Salt Spring, Albion, Providence Heights, Retirement, Hart Street, Gutters, and St. Johns, as they prepared for the start of the new school year next week.
Chairman of the St.James Branch of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Reverend Everton Jackson, addresses participants at the recent distribution exercise at the PMI’s offices in Montego Bay, where some 250 students from communities across that city and its environs, were presented with school supplies over the weekend.
Making the presentations, Chairman of the PMI, Rev. Everton Jackson, said that with the economic slow-down and its adverse effects on marginalised families, the PMI had seen it fit to “instill a sense of hope in families and also that sense that someone cares.”
Rev. Jackson noted that: “The PMI should not just be concerned about attempting to intervene in situations when something has gone wrong, but rather we should focus our attention on preventative strategies and interventions as well.”
He further noted that the presentations also represented a ministry of compassion and solidarity as the group sought to mediate the love of Christ among people in need. Rev. Jackson informed that funding for the project was gathered from members of the PMI, private sector organisations, and the Ministry of National Security.