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Rainforest Seafoods partners with children’s home

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Brian Jardim

A healthy and balanced diet helps children grow and learn, and for Sydia Smith, administrator at the Garland Hall Memorial Children's Home, fish supplied by Rainforest Seafoods is a welcome addition to the menu that they might not otherwise have been able to provide on a regular basis.

"Rainforest delivers sliced fish for our children every month and the children do enjoy it - with rice and vegetables. It is a nourishing meal for them," Smith said.

Founded and operated by the Jamaica Baptist Women's Federation, the home is situated on a hillside opposite Anchovy High School, a few miles from Montego Bay in St James. It is named after Elisabeth Garland Hall, a Baptist missionary and the founder of the Jamaican Women's Baptist Federation.

 

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Hall was orphaned very early in her life and decided to run an orphanage in her own private home.

The cozy buildings provide a safe shelter for around 26 children, mostly girls ages six to 18 years, who need care and protection. Many have suffered from abuse in their families.

Smith, who has been managing the home for the past five years, said her team works hard to provide comfort and a homey atmosphere for the children. "Rainforest also organises treats for the children at Christmas and special holidays, which we all look forward to. The children really appreciate the fun and games - and the food," Smith said.

She also indicated that Rainforest may also offer cooking lessons to the children. "They will really love this. It will be a great opportunity for them to try something new and acquire a skill," Smith said.

"We at Rainforest Seafoods recognise that good nutrition is extremely important for our children's physical and mental development," said Brian Jardim, chief executive officer at Rainforest Seafoods.

"For vulnerable children who have not had the best start in life, it is even more important. We are very happy to support Garland Hall Children's Home by providing fish for the young residents' health and for their enjoyment," Jardim added.