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Members of the White Horses, Botany Bay and Pamphret Development Benevolent Society in St. Thomas, recently benefited from a two-day workshop to prepare them for the management of a water supply system, which is established under the Rural Water Programme.The workshop, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, was held at the Jamaica Crest Hotel in Fairy Hill.
Under the programme, which is being funded by the government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), rural communities are provided with adequate and reliable water supply systems.
The Whitehorses, Botany Bay and Pamphret water project, which is near completion, is one of four pilot projects now underway, with others in Mile Gully St. Mary; Gravel Hill, Clarendon; and Cotterwood in St. Elizabeth.
The operation of the pilot projects will determine the manner in which the programme will be implemented in other communities across the country.
Among the major areas of focus at the seminar were communication, team building and planning. Management Consultant, Halcyee Anderson-Pessoa was the facilitator.
Stephanie Patrick, Community Development Outreach Consultant for the Rural Water Programme, told JIS News that the objective of the workshop was to provide the members of the Society’s management committee with the appropriate skills, tools and techniques to successfully manage the project.
She noted that the skills learnt, would also ensure the achievement of organizational goals through strategic planning and implementation.