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ScotiaFoundation helps Mount Olivet

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Joylene Griffiths, executive director, ScotiaFoundation, listens intently as Patrick Newman, manager of Mount Olivet Boys' Home, outlines his plans for the four calves the foundation presented to the home.

With scarce resources often stretched to the limit, staff at the Mount Olivet Boys' Home in Walderston, Manchester, has been finding it difficult to provide the basics - food and shelter - for the children in their care.

To alter their circumstances, the staff took to developing a farm project and reached out for assistance. ScotiaFoundation stepped in, donating four calves.

"They came on board almost immediately and purchased four calves for us. It was such a wonderful thing for them to do for us", said manager Patrick Newman. He noted that the facility has been aggressively trying to create projects to provide a steady income stream and food supplies for the young men. The farm already has three pigs, five goats, and approximately 40 rabbits.

Executive Director of ScotiaFoundation Joylene Griffiths said: "Self-sufficiency is an important strategy in keeping the doors open for many facilities like the Mount Olivet Boys' Home. Agriculture makes this possible, as well as provides training and a skill for the young men who reside at the home. Expanding the farm and rearing cattle make sense. We plan to add a water cistern and shed for the animals in the pasture and monitor the progress of the animals."