Juleta gets help from Jamaica Energy Partners
Anastasia Cunningham, News Coordinator
Nineteen-year-old Juleta Edwards was all smiles as she sat with her parents, Paulton and Maureen Edwards, at the West Kingston Power Partners' Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston, office yesterday.
Wayne McKenzie, chief executive officer of Jamaica Energy Partners and West Kingston Power Partners, came out to greet them and the smile broadened even more.
McKenzie had pledged to fund her entire tuition to begin management studies at the University of the West Indies in September.
Last Friday, The Gleaner highlighted the story of the young lady from Tivoli Gardens, west Kingston, who was badly in need of assistance to further her education. Following the publication, offers of help began pouring in from all over the globe and McKenzie pledged the support of his companies.
"I am really happy," said a beaming Juleta. "I am going through so much struggle, and to see I didn't know where help was coming from, and now God is working it out that I am getting all this help that I really need."
She continued: "Thank you so much, Mr McKenzie, and everyone who is helping me. I promise to work really hard and do my best. You won't regret it. I won't disappoint you."
Her father declared: "We are so very grateful."
McKenzie was filled with warmth, seeing the difference he was able to make in the life of someone who needed it.
"I don't think anyone should be marginalised. I think the only way to emancipate yourself is through education, no other way. And when you have brilliant people like Juleta and so many others who we have supported over the years, where the only hurdle is finance, and we can create that avenue to get over that hurdle, then it makes it very easy for them," he stated.
EDUCATION THE KEY
To him, education is the critical force for the development of Jamaica.
For the past 15 years, Jamaica Energy Partners, along with the West Kingston Power Partners scholarship programme, has been assisting several needy students to further their education. Providing assistance at all levels, from primary to tertiary, each year the company spends more than $2.5 million on some 60 students.
For those wanting to assist Juleta with the additional school expenses, including books, lunch money, bus fare, among other expenditure, funds can be sent to the Jamaica National Building Society, account number 10293529.