JIS News

Approximately 300 youth volunteers drawn from schools and organisations across the parish of Portland, participated in a farm project at the Muirton Boys Home on Sunday (December 5) to mark International Volunteers Day.
The event, which was organised by the National Centre for Youth Development, (NCYD), was the national project for Jamaica.
Activities undertaken included the re-building of a pig pen and the donation of five piglets, and the planting of 200 pepper plants and 200 plantain suckers. Fertiliser and farming equipment such as pickaxes, hoes, forks, shovels, machetes and push brooms, were handed over to the facility.
NCYD Youth Empowerment Officer for Portland, Dowell Williams, said that the Muirton Boys Home was selected as “we want to give back to them, so that they can capitalise and boost entrepreneurship and productivity at the facility”.
He lauded the spirit of volunteerism among the participants from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), National Youth Service (NYS), Portland 4H Clubs, Social Development Commission (SDC), Portland Environment Protection Agency (PEPA), Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), and police youth clubs in the parish.
Manager at Muirton Boys Home, Kevin Bryan, said the work undertaken was “welcomed at this time.” He pledged to ensure that the work done and donations made were cared for and properly maintained.
Mr. Bryan thanked the NCYD for organising the event, and encouraged the wards to make use of the opportunities that are now available to them.
National Youth Service participant, Nicole Johnson, said she was happy to be a part of the programme. She said it was a worthwhile event.
“It was a positive way of influencing young people to volunteer their services, which is assisting in the national development process,” she said.
Rashied Powell and Roger Speid, residents of the facility, said they were happy to see so many young people interacting with them. They say it will motivate and uplift them to become better persons.