'Shanique's Building a life Foundation' gives back twofold
They not only share the same genes and physical identity, but they also share the same values and dreams, which is evidenced in their philanthropic efforts.
Shanique and Monique Levy, co-founders of the 'Shanique's Building a Life Foundation (SBLF), saw the need two months ago to uplift primary school students who were successful in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), by providing assistance to them through a structured system.
Though originally from St Elizabeth, the two, having completed their tertiary education in Manchester, have made accommodation for beneficiaries from both parishes.
"We want to support them and show them that we are proud of them, hence the foundation. We are looking for more students and ideally, we want to go beyond just GSAT students.
We are hoping for bigger and better and later we'd like to move on to funding sixth-form and
college students," explained Shanique.
The first set of awardees were acknowledged at an awards ceremony and launch of the foundation at the Golf View Hotel recently.
"The students who are awarded must have a need and must average above 75 per cent ... we have four recipients today, one will be attending Hampton School with an average over 90; another will be attending Manchester High with a high; 80s average; and the other two will be heading to St Elizabeth Technical High School with high 80s average," Monique added.
The recipients were awarded with a cheque valued at $5,000 each, trophies and certificates.
"We have received a lot of help through high school and even college, and having both finished teacher's college, we feel it is important for us to give back," Shanique told Rural Xpress.
Guest speaker, former Member of Parliament Richard Parchment, in his address, encouraged the students to remain focused.
"A lot of students know the lyrics to Vybz Kartel songs more than the National Anthem and the National Pledge...you have to look into yourself and where you want to go," said Parchment.
He continued: "It is incumbent upon you not to let them (parents) down, but to make them proud and the only way to make them proud is to continue excelling in education."
Parchment also commended the work of the Levy women and implored them to continue the trend. Those interested in contacting the foundation may email:firstname.lastname@example.org.