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Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, has called on society to provide greater protection for the country’s youth, many of whom, he said, are being lured into criminality.
“It is quite clear that we must take a stand for our youth at this point in time, when they are being deceived and captured by a system of criminality that is intent on devouring Jamaica’s future,” he stated.
Mayor Sinclair was bringing greetings at the official opening and dedication of the Mustard Seed Communities’ Blessed Assurance Home in St. James recently.
He praised the Mustard Seed Communities for opening the home and for its focus on the youth, especially those with disabilities.
The Blessed Assurance Home, the Mayor said, represented a wholistic approach to youth development, and had the full support of the St. James Parish Council of which he is chairman.
“Blessed Assurance will add to our endeavour to reach more persons, who are in dire need of assistance and care. We are truly appreciative of this effort on your part, and we will be doing our utmost to support your continued development and contribution to this country and our nation’s youths,” he stated.
He said that projects such as the Blessed Assurance Home must be supported if citizens are to rescue the country from the grips of an unsure future.
Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Allison Anderson, in her remarks at the dedication ceremony, also heaped praise on the Mustard Seed Communities for its work in Jamaica, adding that the charity has been integral to the nurture and care of the most vulnerable in the society.
She stated that child protection work in Jamaica was built on a social contract involving the government, the private sector, civil society, communities and individuals, adding the CDA was continuously exploring new ways to strengthen that partnership.
The Blessed Assurance Home is located on a five-acre property in Windsor Lodge, which was donated by Montego Bay businessman, Winston Dear. It houses and supports some 32 children with varying disabilities, and when expansion work is fully completed, the facility will be able to accommodate 75 children.

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