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The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) committee recently donated more than J$400,000 to the Theodora Project at a ceremony held at the Victoria Mutual Building Society's corporate office along Half-Way Tree Road.

The donation, which was collected from attendees at this year's prayer breakfast held on January 15 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, will be used by the Theodora Project to assist at-risk youth and those who are most vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

In accepting the donation, Rev Dr Margaret Fowler, executive director of the project thanked the NLPB committee for selecting the Theodora Project as the 2015 charity. This much needed donation will go towards two areas - upgrading the computer room and creating a breakfast and lunch area at the facility," she said.

Richard Powell, president and CEO of the Victoria Mutual Group Jamaica, ????? is facing a worrying trend, with many of our youth being categorised as 'at-risk', primarily because of socio-economic realities and the breakdown of the family unit. Many of our children, he said, are being exploited at a very early age and are being exposed to illegal activities such as human trafficking, gang warfare, drugs and prostitution.

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"It is essential that we take a proactive approach to ending this negative development, by supporting initiatives geared at rescuing these children and placing them on a path to becoming productive citizens of Jamaica. The Theodora Project is one such initiative which has been making an impact, through remedial education, skills training and employment opportunities," he said.

Based in Negril, Westmoreland the Theodora Project provides at-risk youth, vulnerable to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation, with housing. The project seeks to empower victims of the human trafficking trade through counselling and by teaching them employable skills through training and remedial education.