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Community launches landscaping business

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Community launches landscaping business

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton lauded the St John's Heights Citizens' Association Benevolent Society on its move to clean the community and safeguard the health of residents through the launch of a landscaping business.

"This is a demonstration of what community spirit should be about, and you are worth emulating," he said at the launching ceremony in the community on Sunday.

Dubbed 'St John's Heights Landscapers', its operations will, among other things, involve clearing overgrown lots to not only beautify the community, but destroy mosquito-breeding sites.

The minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for West Central St Catherine, said he was pleased that St John's Heights has "an activist community", taking control of its own safety and health.

President of the Benevolent Society Omar Green said the venture was part of the community's youth empowerment programme, which provides employment for residents.

The youth empowerment programme is being undertaken with technical and financial support from the USAID Community Empowerment and Transformation Project Phase 2 (COMET II).

Chief of Party, USAID COMET II, Ian McKnight, said the establishment of the landscaping business is a demonstration of "what community development is about. It's about citizens taking control of their community to ensure that it is safe and it is secure".