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Tranquility gets new infant school

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The newly constructed Tranquility Infant School.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony during the handover of the newly constructed Tranquility Infant school by Food For The Poor and Kind Heart Foundation.

In a collaborative effort, Food For The Poor (FFP) and Kind Heart Foundation handed over a newly constructed infant school in Tranquility, Buff Bay, Portland, which will adequately accommodate 23 young ones in the upcoming school term.

The building was constructed in record time - less than three days - by volunteers from FFP, Kind Heart Foundation and young men from the community.

"Government has a critical role to play in putting in place the infrastructure needed to assist with the growth and development of our nation's children. It is partnerships like this one which reminds us how loving, caring, and generous our partners are. Kind Heart Foundation is giving back to the country. This is a warm gesture and it will forever remain in our hearts," West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz added.

David Mair, executive director of FFP, lauded Kind Heart Foundation for its continued show of goodwill, wherein they have constructed five basic schools islandwide, beginning in 2012. According to Mair, with this recent construction, 23 infants from three to six years old will benefit.

"The students will have a new and spacious building to call their own with adequate classrooms, office area, sick bay, sanitation facilities, and a fully equipped kitchen. We must commend the efforts of Kind Heart Foundation for their philanthropy and dedication to the children of Jamaica. Funding five schools in five years is incredible, "he added.

An excited Christina Hudson, director of Kind Heart Foundation, emphasised that the importance of children getting a good start in life has never been clearer.

"I hope this school will bring you closer to achieving your dreams, "she said.

"An education cannot be taken away from you. And with your education, dedication and hard work, you can do anything you set your mind to. Children are our future leaders and, therefore, we have to provide them with the platform to succeed, "she added.