Over the moon! - 12-year-old happy for assistance with education
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Two months ago, 12-year-old Makayha Gordon was crying out for help as she faced an uncertain new school year.
Today, both her and her mother, Sophia Jackson, are over the moon, a far cry from the despondent persons they were before their story was carried in Rural Xpress on July 27.
"I am so happy, I am so grateful for the many who have reached out to turn around our situation," said a grateful Gordon, who still continues to be one who speaks up.
Her fears regarding the inability to meet the expenses of attending the school she was placed, Vere Technical, is no more as she has already started attending Denbigh High School - which is in proximity to where she lives.
"I never knew I could be this happy. Life is much easier for my mother now, as she doesn't have to stress so much about my well-being," said Gordon.
The Gleaner was the first to answer Gordon's plea for help as Nordia Craig, manager, business development and marketing at the company, said in an interview with the Weekend Star that Makayha is an intelligent, compassionate and articulate young lady who simply needs the support of the broader community to ensure that she has the basic things she needs to stay healthy and learn.
She was one of the first recipients of the 15-back-to-school scholarships at the RJRGleaner Communications Group back-to-school bazaar.
Clarendon philanthropist Otis James of James and Friends Education Programme has now taken the youngster into the programme with the promise to see her through her five years of schooling.
Karrell Bloomfield of Kingston-based Painters & Sandblasters Limited, representing her grandfather - who wanted to stay out of the spotlight - said he was drawn to Gordon's plight and made the trek to Clarendon to meet them.
"My grandfather is not one for publicity, so I am left to fulfil his mandate," she told Rural Xpress.
"He will be meeting Gordon's daily needs for school for as long as he can," she said.
"My mother and I sincerely want to thank each and every one who came on board to make a difference in my life," said Gordon.