Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, on Wednesday April 8, handed over a Letter of Commitment for approximately $6 million to the Western Society for the Upliftment of Children (WSUC), an organisation which seeks to educate needy and disenfranchised children in Montego Bay, St. James.
The money, which Dr. Chang provided from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), will be used for the construction of a building to house over 170 children being educated by the organisation. The new building will be constructed on premises at 1 Humber Avenue, Montego Bay, a property for which WSUC has acquired a 25-year renewable lease agreement.
Addressing the handing over ceremony, Dr. Chang described the WSUC as an unheralded organisation that is doing phenomenal work in the Montego Bay community.
Executive Director of the Western Society for the Upliftment of Children (WSUC), Glenda Drummond (left), greets Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Housing, Genefa Hibbert, while Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang (right), and Chairman of WSUC, Conrad Grant (second left), look on. Occasion was the handing over of a Letter of Commitment for $6 million, on Wednesday April 8, for the construction of a new facility for WSUC, on Humber Avenue, Montego Bay St. James.
“At one point they (WSUC) had over 200 kids.and for those who are not fully aware, these are all kids who have had some challenges in their lives, who are referred by the courts, probation office and various other persons and well wishers,” he said. Describing the Board of Governors and Teaching staff at WSUC as caring and talented persons who want to give the less fortunate children of the nation an opportunity and a second chance, Dr. Chang said that WSUC deserves all the possible support it can get.
He promised additional support for the institution from the 2009/2010 Constituency Development Fund.
The WSUC now operates through grant funding from several aid agencies. The institution has been in operation since January 1990, and caters for disenfranchised and needy children between 10 and 19 years of age.
The WSUC offers a range of activities to its students, including education, recreation, social skills, counselling, personal and family development, prevocational activities and placement in apprenticeship skills.