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Many Rivers to Cross for our Children Fundraising Dinner to benefit CDA

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 5:00 AM

MORE THAN 40,000 cases of child abuse have been reported to the Child Development Agency over the last five years.

A fundraising dinner - Many Rivers to Cross for our Children - hosted by the Jimmy Cliff Foundation, in association with the Scotia Foundation, is to be held next Monday in a bid to raise funds for children.

The proceeds will be used to build a therapeutic centre by 2016 to offer intervention for children who are deemed to be exhibiting mild to severe behavioural problems and mental health deficiencies. The treatment programme will provide a period of stabilisation and intensive intervention as well as support for families and caregivers while the child is in care and after they have returned home. Funding is being provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the Government of Jamaica, and the Child Development Agency, which is leading this project. Total cost for the building is $150 million.

Another beneficiary of the fundraising activities will be The National Child Month Committee, established in 1953 by Lady Foot, wife of the then Governor of Jamaica Hugh Mackintosh Foot. It is staffed by volunteers from the various agencies involved in the care and protection of children and plans activities for National Child Month. The observation of National Child Month is unique to Jamaica as no other country in the world recognises a specific month to celebrate their children. They now need funding to support the continuation of activities beyond May 2015.

The Jimmy Cliff Foundation, with a focus on children, is now making plans to create programmes to impact children in schools. Jimmy Cliff will provide more details at the fundraising dinner when he officially launches his new single, CHILDREN.