LIME Jamaica has stretched out a helping hand just in the "nick of time" to assist Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU).
The telecommunications company yesterday presented a donation of $700,000 to the youth organisation, covering the total cost of YOU's fund-raising Christmas card production.
The LIME donation will incorporate the printing of 50,000 greeting cards as well as 4,000 promotional flyers.
"This assistance comes at a crisis time in the life of our organisation when we have been faced with the reality of closing our doors," said Georgia Lewis Scott, YOU's executive director. "LIME's contribution will fully cover the production cost of the Christmas cards and the proceeds from this initiative we anticipate will be able to cover an adequate portion of YOU's expenses."
For more than 21 years, YOU has served Jamaican youths, parents, teachers and communities promoting growth through various mentorship and training programmes.
Last August, The Gleaner revealed that YOU was facing financial woes and possible closure as it was not clear it would have received funding through the usual aid organisations.
YOU has provided positive interventions for more than 67,000 in-school adolescents since its inception in 1991. It offers more than 21 mentoring and vital support programmes designed to help students complete their post-primary education and pursue higher education and employment.
These adolescents come from some of the country's toughest inner-city communities such as Rockfort, Trench Town, Fletcher's Land and Tawes Meadows and they are susceptible to the problems associated with inner-city life.