JIS News

The community of Hampstead in St. Mary is currently benefiting from an improved water supply system and an upgraded all-age school, with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) providing most of the funding for both projects.
A total sum of $29.5 million was spent on the projects, with the JSIF donating approximately $22 million, with the rest coming from community contributions.
The Hampstead water supply system was implemented at a cost of $22.5 million, while the Hampstead All-age School project was completed at a cost of approximately $7 million.
Contracted and sponsored by the Hampstead Citizens Association Benevolent Society, the projects were assisted by community contributions which accounted for 25 per cent of the costs.
For the water supply system, works included rehabilitation of an entombment, the construction of a tank and the laying of pipelines. The project also involved the establishment of a Community Water Organization (CWO), responsible for the maintenance and operation of the system.
The school project included the rehabilitation of the school’s main buildings and upgrading of the sanitary facilities.
In an interview with JIS News, Steve Reynolds of the Hampstead Citizens Association said the community was very thankful to the JSIF for the assistance it has given in funding the projects.
He pointed out that both projects would go a far way to enhance the overall development of Hampstead and surrounding communities, adding that the residents would make every effort to ensure that they are protected and maintained.