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Lloyd's Basic undergoes construction

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Education Ruel Reid (centre) joins volunteers and students to celebrate the opening of the Lloyd’s Basic School in St Thomas, built by Food For The Poor, Canada, and led by philanthropist Donette Chin-Loy Chang, wife of the late G. Raymond Chang.

Lloyd's Basic School in the parish of St Thomas is being constructed with the financial support of Donette Chin-Loy Chang, in memory of her late husband, G. Raymond Chang.

According to Samantha Mahfood, executive director of Food For The Poor Canada, "Ray was FFPC's advocate and patron. His wisdom and vision are missed. However, Donette, as co-chair of the board, continues to uphold Ray's focus on education. We continue to support Food For The Poor's commitment to early childhood education and are excited to be building the 20th school funded by Canadians. Food For The Poor Jamaica has built 80 schools in the last four years, funded by donors from Jamaica, the US and Canada."

Like his wife, Ray Chang was born in Jamaica and spent most of his adult life in Canada, but always had a passion and commitment to his homeland. Humanitarians with a focus on sustainability and education, the Chang family continues a legacy of helping to build communities through the Raymond Chang Foundation and organisations like Food For The Poor.

The school serves a community of about 2,500. Lloyd's Basic School is currently in a small, one-room building that shares space with other community services, including a church. The new construction will include an office, sick bay, kitchen, three classrooms, and a brand new playground, offering children from ages three to five a more ideal space in which to learn.