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Big plans for Four Paths Community Resource Centre, set to provide BPO jobs

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston
Noel Arscott
Maura Boyle
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The second of five community resource centres (CRC) slated for Clarendon under the USAID Community empowerment and Transformation Project (Phase II) was opened in Four Paths last Thursday.

Member of parliament for South West Clarendon Noel Arscott said plans were already in the pipeline to set up a business processing outsourcing (BPO) facility there.

"We see no reason why we here in Four Paths cannot have one of those [aBPO] so we engaged in discussion with the company known as Chadrock and they say they are willing to set up a facility right here in Four Paths," he told the large gathering of community members and other stakeholders who turned out for the opening.

Arscott said, working from a business and layout plan provided by the BPO company, he will now be writing a project proposal to the Universal Access Fund for them to retrofit the centre with the needed computers.

"We are targeting 50 youth on a three-hour shift, so that will be 150 to be employed," he shared.

Among other plans for the resource centre is seeking a canteen concessionaire.

"Based on the projections that we have, the citizens association and community development committee, instead of coming with the pans to beg, can instead generate some revenue," he said.

Four Paths to become community activities hub

Maura Barry-Boyle, United States Agency for International Development acting deputy chief of Mission in Jamaica, in her handover speech, said the centre was the largest of all CRCs across the island.

"With this kind of space we expect to see the centre becoming a hub for community activities in and around Four Paths," she said.

"The Four Paths Citizens Association aims to become a unique organisation (to) build a safe and united community which will involve engaging in civic social, educational, cultural, economic and environmental projects to include all citizens, elderly, youth and adolescents," she said, encouraging them to continue with projects such as back-t- school treats and scholarships which they are already involved in.

The Four Path CRC will also be providing a home for future community-driven security and safety initiatives, youth skills training, conflict resolution training and parenting and life skills training as well as serving as hub for sports for the young people of the community.

President of the Four Paths Citizens Association Lunette Morgan in her address, thanked USAID for their $16-million gift while appealing to stakeholders to raise $350,000 to grille the centre.