Realignment Tour Chapter 3 bears fruits
Famed gospel singer Kevin Downswell is gearing up to grace multiple stages for the third instalment of his Realignment tour – Realignment Chapter 3. More than a caravan of evangelists performing at multiple locations across the island, the tour also allows the reigning Jamaican King of Gospel to leave lasting impressions on the lives of the neglected, traumatised and underprivileged children, their parents, teachers, schools and soon entire communities.
As in previous years, proceeds from the event will support various projects and programmes at select schools and children’s homes. This includes the continued renovation of a reading room at Downswell’s alma mater – Ferris Primary School in Savanna-la-Mar; and the implementation of a Big Brother/Big Sister programme, in partnership with the Child Protective and Family Services Agency, at the Ocho Rios High School.
Last October, the high school suffered the tragic loss of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, which left the student body traumatised. “Kevin Downswell Ministries decided that instead of just doing physical repairs, we wanted to undertake an intervention that would have a longer psychological influence on the children,” Downswell said at the launch of his tour at JN’s Financial Centre on Belmont Road Tuesday night.
“We’re gonna be spending some time with the kids and teachers, to let them know they’re not alone. We’re going to be spending quality time with them, month after month, just to minister to them. We want to bring in guests with influence, to inspire them,” he added.
This year, the tour’s commitment to Ferris Primary continues with the completion of The Chiky Reading Room, having started the refurbishment after Realignment Chapter Two – with support from the tour’s title sponsor, KFC.
In addition to the reading room, Ferris Primary will soon benefit from a breakfast programme and chicken coop, courtesy of Jamaica Broilers. “We want to help the school regularise its breakfast programme. We want to refurbish their chicken coop, so they will eventually garner a sustainable source of both food and income,” brand manager of Best Dressed Chicken Lorraine Kemble said.
Following the first Realignment Tour in 2017, Kevin Downswell Ministries implemented a six months-long Big Brother/Big Sister development programme at the Manning’s Boys’ Home in St Elizabeth, and at Pringle’s Children Home in St Mary. Last year, they implemented the programme for eight months at Hanbury Home for Children in Manchester.
Realignment Chapter 3 has gone global – inviting performances like Uche Agu from Nigeria; Kelontae Gavin from the United States and Positive from Trinidad and Tobago, to accompany popular local gospel acts like Ryan Mark, Jai Kingston, Jabez, the JCDC Gospel Song finalists, Sister Pat, among others.
“An amazing part of what Kevin does is he takes it to parts of Jamaica that often can’t come to these events,” Marketing Director of Restaurants of Jamaica Tina Matalon added. Realignment Chapter 3 will kick off at the Manning’s High School in Savanna-la-Mar on June 21, continue to the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on June 22, and conclude at St Hilda’s in St Ann on June 23.