Richard Morais, Gleaner Writer
BOUNTY HALL, Trelawny:
The Bounty Hall New Testament Church of God in Trelawny has embarked on a multimillion-dollar pig-farming project to help address the community's unemployment problem. The official announcement of the project was made at a fundraising banquet last week.
According to committee member Deacon Mark Titus, the project is being undertaken with support from Food For The Poor, which will donate 300 pigs, along with feed and equipment.
Titus said Food For The Poor will also be refurbishing an abandoned piggery, which is situated on an acre of land controlled by the church. Some of the animals will also be given to residents of the community who will raise them for sale.
Titus is projecting that about 40 persons will be directly involved, and unemployed youth would be given priority.
"The picture is not just about a one-off banquet. It is about the church taking the lead in empowering the young minds and empowering the community. It is very important that the church take the lead in helping those who cannot help themselves," Titus said.
GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORSHIP
Titus added that he was overwhelmed by the level of sponsorship for the fundraising banquet and the project. The initiative has been supported by Jamaica Broilers; Everglades; Tank-Weld; Digicel; the immediate past president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, businessman Davon Crump; and TPR Collection & Recovery Services Ltd.
He also said Food For The Poor, along with a management team from the church, would be monitoring and evaluating the project to ensure its sustainability.
"What has always been a challenge with many projects is sustainability. Because of this, good projects often die because there is no sustainable plan. You must give account and guarantee that something is being put back from whatever profit is made to ensure continuity of the programme," Titus said.