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Flushing at last

Published:Thursday | January 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo Principal of the Rodney Hall Basic School, Antonia Bennett (third left) is all smiles as she receives the keys to the new bathrooms constructed by Digicel from the company's brand ambassador, Tessanne Chin. Also present for the opening were from left: Peter Lloyd, Digicel's marketing director, Daryl Vaz, member of parliament for West Portland, and his wife Annmarie Vaz, and students of the basic school.
Contributed Photo Digicel brand ambassador, Tessanne Chin turns the key to the new bathroom facilities at the Rodney Hall Basic School which was donated by Digicel. Helping her are students of the school, Kimauni Rennis and Gabrilla Lecky.

The Rodney Hall Basic School in Portland has been without a proper bathroom for more than 30 years. Digicel, after visiting the school last September to donate two water tanks, pledged their help to improve the facilities. On Friday, January 9, the new bathrooms were officially opened.

For parents who have had to choose between sending their children to a school with poor sanitation facilities and making a long and difficult journey to a school in a neighbouring district, the situation has been challenging.

The poor sanitation facilities at Rodney Hall compelled Digicel to build two new bathroom stalls, complete with flush toilets and hand-washing station.

"No school in Jamaica should have a pit latrine or be without water," said Peter Lloyd, marketing director at Digicel Jamaica. "Ensuring that the students of the Rodney Hall Basic School have proper sanitary conveniences and better water availability in time for the back-to-school period in January 2015 is a great way for us at Digicel to start the new year."

Daryl Vaz, member of parliament for West Portland, commended Digicel for its corporate social responsibility.

"Digicel has been blazing the trail in good corporate citizenship," he said. "Already, they have done so much for the parish of Portland and many communities across Jamaica. What they did today for Black Hill and Rodney Hall Basic School has not only changed the lives of the children, but all the community."