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The Women’s Crisis Centre in Kingston is the beneficiary of a $42,500 cheque from the Sister to Sister Charity, which will assist the centre’s expansion and upgrading efforts.
The money was raised from a production put on by the Sankofa Arts Facilitation for the Sister to Sister Charity. Part of the fund donated was contributed by Supreme Ventures Limited.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, who accepted the cheque from Sankofa Arts Facilitation Representative, Fabian Thomas, at her office in Kingston on July 3, said that the donation will “add to the other contributions we have had.”
She stated that the objective was to have at least three centres located across the island and operated by Government in collaboration with various women’s organisations and private sector interest groups.
Minister Grange, who has responsibility for Women’s Affairs, informed that a meeting was held earlier in the week with representatives from Women Inc., which manages the facility and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, to discuss the expansion project and other gender issues.
In the meantime, she indicated that the existing facility was experiencing financial difficulties and there was also need for it to be upgraded.
“We are in discussion about collaborating, about having a strategic partnership in ensuring that the Crisis Centre is upgraded and well equipped, to provide more effective and efficient support,” she stated, noting that some of the abused women sometimes have to take their children to the facility.
Minister Grange thanked Mr. Thomas and Supremes Ventures for their donations.
Present at the handing over was Chairperson of the Sister to Sister organisation Paula Ann Porter.

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