Committe contributing to development of community
The opinion of some people is that the Community Development Committee (CDC) concept is contributing significantly to the enhancement of local governance, by engaging community members in economic ventures aimed at self help.
One St Catherine CDC that is endeavouring to be relevant is the Bog Walk organisation. Established in 2003, the group went dormant for a while, but has since rekindled its vibrancy.
President of the group, Ripton McLean told Rural Xpress that members have redoubled their efforts since November of last year to ensure that the organisation continues to be relevant, meeting the needs of the community.
"Even though our mandate is about community outreach, we are focusing our attention on children and the destitute," McLean said. The sentiment was also echoed by vice-president Karen Sudu, who is spearheading an initiative called 'blessing lives every three months', where 10 destitute families are given grocery packages and other items.
McLean said the CDC, since it's inception, has reached out to the community in many ways by donating furniture and other items to many schools in the surrounding communities.
He said, in addition, there would be a concerted focus on helping basic schools, and as part of activities to celebrate May as Child Month, the CDC will do renovation work to Bible Way Basic School, on Church Road, which, according to the board chairman, has a leaking roof, floors that need to be tiled, and walls that need fresh coats of paint.
The CDC, according to McLean, has plans to paint the Bog Walk Branch Library as one of its Child Month projects.
Meanwhile, Sudu said the CDC would be implementing a scholarship programme in September to benefit students in communities in and around Bog Walk.
"We place great emphasis on education and so one student each from Tulloch, Giblatore, Lucky Valley, and Springvale primary schools, who perform outstandingly in the 2015 GSAT, will benefit in the first phase of our scholarship programme," Sudu said.