Transitional Living Programme will reduce number of street children - Herbol
Outgoing mission director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Denise Herbol has expressed strong optimism that a transitional-living programme for children in state care will help to reduce the number of street children in Jamaica.
Speaking at the signing of the memorandum of understanding for the Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care Project (TLP-CSC), Herbol said that the programme will result in a number of long-term benefits for Jamaica.
"The problem of street children is something that this programme might be able to help with because these girls and these boys, when they exit state care, if they have no skill or no where to go ... we know that there are several things that can happen," she said.
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAMME
Describing the TLP-CSC as a buffer against wards of the State being vulnerable to gangs and trafficking activities, Herbol said that the programme will ensure that less children end up on the street.
The Child Development Agency and the Caribbean Child Development Centre signed the memorandum of understanding for the TLP-CSC.
The programme, which is funded by USAID, will provide transitional housing for 96 wards of the State who have reached the age of 18.
The programme will also provide life skills coaching, employment and continuing education for participants.
The Transitional Living Programme is aimed at improving the ability of wards of the State to become productive members of the society once they become 18 and are no longer under the care of the State.
State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green, who delivered remarks at the signing ceremony, said that he was pleased about the partnership to treat with the issues facing children in state care.