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Corporate Hands: Rainforest Seafoods helps build homes for the poor

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Roger Lyn (third right), marketing manager for Rainforest Seafoods, presents the keys to the family.
Brian and Shelagh Jardim (right), with the Food for the Poor house recipient.
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Rainforest Seafoods has partnered with Food For The Poor Jamaica on its 'Changing Lives, Restoring Families Campaign' to help build homes for impoverished families. Rainforest's initial pledge of four homes grew to five after the rewarding experience of presenting keys to a family in rural St Ann. And CEO Brian Jardim has since become a Food For The Poor ambassador.

This company's commitment is part of a Food For The Poor initiative that encourages local corporate sponsors to contribute and participate in building homes across the island, with a particular focus on rural communities. Rainforest's contribution of US$3,200 for each house is matched by Food For The Poor's head office based in Florida and the US$6,400 to build a two-bedroom unit complete with sanitation, solar lights, and a water tank.

Rainforest's first home handover took place in Borobridge, St Ann, in August. The company actively supports a number of philanthropic endeavours, particularly in the health-care and education sectors. Jardim explained that "the initiative is a remarkable and transformative approach to helping those most in need".