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The National Water Commission (NWC) through the Ministry of National Security’s Community Security Initiative (CSI) has spent a total of $1.2 million to rehabilitate sewage systems in the Matthews Lane Community of Kingston.
The rehabilitation work is in keeping with a series of activities to reclaim the community. The project began sometime in December and was completed within approximately three weeks.
On January 26 officials from the Ministry of National Security, the NWC and the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID), toured the community. The Ministry, through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has also completed work on the Donald Phipps Basic School. The facility is the only one of its kind in the community and children in the community and others from as far away as Bull Bay in East St. Andrew attend the institution.
Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Ministry of National Security, Neville Graham pointed out that additional rehabilitation work will not only be done in Matthews Lane but will be extended to other communities including Hannah Town, Fletchers Land, Dunkirk, August Town, Water House and Browns Town. He informed that through the programme, ‘fixable’ problems within an inner city community are carefully scrutinized and then addressed by referring them to the relevant agencies.
Mr. Graham noted that the intervention in the communities of Brown’s Town and Dunkirk has just begun and a number of lots have been bushed, and derelict buildings have been demolished while others have been repainted.
Continuing, he added that the programme of renewal was, “a collaborative effort to give back a sense of normalcy to communities, making sure that they enjoy the same quality of life that other people do.”
The programme is not only geared towards fixing the basic infrastructure, but has over time created a bond between warring factions, generated parenting classes and interventions that speak to personal development, which provides a sense of hope, the Communications Director stated.
Meanwhile, Bunny Witter, political caretaker for West Kingston, is expressing his appreciation and support for the work of the CSI. He reiterated that, “for a community that has gone through many phases and cycles this project is welcomed whole heartedly.”
“When you start to reach out to people, [they] will see that someone cares about them and will in turn show that love,” he noted. Mr. Witter explained that through this programme, a sense of pride is given back to community members and the continuation of this project will bring about, “a new day. a new dawn.”