BPO jobs plan for Four Paths Community
The second of five community resource centres (CRC) slated for Clarendon was opened in Four Paths a week ago. The centres are being provided under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Community Empowerment and Transformation Project (Phase II).
In detailing some of the plans for the centre, Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Clarendon Noel Arscott said plans are already in the pipeline to set up a business process outsourcing (BPO) company there.
"We see no reason why we here in Four Paths cannot have one of those (BPO), 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," Arscott told the large gathering of community members and other stakeholders who turned out for the opening.
The MP said that 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 disclosed.
He is also seeking to engaged a concessionaire to operate the canteen at the resource centre.
"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," Arscott said.
Maura Barry-Boyle, USAID acting deputy chief of mission in Jamaica, in her handover speech, said the centre is 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 and 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," Barry-Boyle stated. She encouraged residents to continue with projects, such as back-to-school treats and scholarships, which they are already involved in.
She also praised them for being the first group to establish and man a structured and organised disaster shelter, hosting 150 persons for three months during the 1988 flood rains.
"These are the stories we want to hear about. We are interested in these stories to highlight USAID's commitment in promoting community-driven change," said the USAID spokesperson.
In addition to the business plans shared, 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 a hub for sports for the young people of the community.
President of the Four Path Citizens Association Lunette Morgan, in her address, thanked USAID for their $16m gift while appealing to stakeholders to raise $350,000 to install security grills at the centre.