Rise up, speak out, Daley tells constituents
Eastern St Catherine is now a better place to live, work, raise families and do business, the member of parliament has said.
Denise Daley, contributing to the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives last Wednesday, said Eastern St Catherine, pockets of which have criminal gangs and are havens for criminality, is now a "united and transformed" area.
Eastern St Catherine, one of the three new constituencies carved out ahead of the 2011 general election, comprises tough areas such as Windsor Heights, Burke Road, De-la-Vega City, Twickenham Park, Gravel Heights and Lauriston.
While expressing sympathy to the many families that have had to bury loved ones due to violence, Daley said that "heartaches and void can only be healed by the grace of the almighty God, the willingness of individuals to rise up, speak out, and take charge of their communities".
Arguing that social intervention is critical to transforming communities, Daley said a progamme has been conceptualised to train 100 youths in hospitality. She said the programme will start shortly.
She said that, on her initiative, one batch of residents has been trained by HEART Trust/NTA in masonry and carpentry and has received Level One certification.
"We are now looking forward to offering Level Two along with new courses in hospitality and housekeeping," Daley said.
The MP told fellow legislators that many persons have a negative opinion of her constituency, but fail to realise that there are many students in some of the toughest areas that have up to 16 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination passes.
As part of a move to reduce the likelihood that persons would be involved in crime, Daley said she has been providing economic enablement grants to constituents and training to ensure improvement in their chances of landing jobs.
"Where people are not involved in any meaningful activity, there is a loophole for crime and violence and other ills. We have, therefore, embarked on a serious employment programme to get more people actively involved in employment and entrepreneurial skills," she said.
"Youth is of paramount importance and my aim "registry at our main library to enable our young people to get first-hand knowledge of the skills and resources that are available to them," the MP added.