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Food For the Poor Delivers 50th Basic School

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Veronica Baker (third right), principal of New Testament Early Childhood Development Centre in Wynters Pen, St Catherine and Dr John Buuk (third left), donor representative - Food For The Poor (FFP) cutt the ribbon to officially open a new building for the school on March 3. Sharing in the moment are (from left): Reverend  Bruce Farrell, the school board chairman; Andrew Mahfood, Chairman of Food For the Poor Jamaica; David Mair, its executive director and the Very Reverend Burchell McPherson, bishop of Montego Bay and board member of Food For The Poor Inc.

March 3 saw Food For The Poor (FFP) officially handing over the 50th basic school, fulfilling the commitment made in 2012 on Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence - to deliver 50 schools in 50 months.

This took place at the New Testament Early Childhood Development Centre in St Catherine. In his address, Andrew Mahfood, chairman of FFP, said his philanthropic organisation could not have completed its objective of building 50 schools in 50 months without donations received from his local and overseas donors.

"Today, we can say, 'Mission accomplished!' We remain committed to our children and to constructing suitable structures for their upliftment. In this regard, under our ongoing projects portfolio, eight schools are currently at various stages of construction," Mahfood said.