Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
IT WAS a time of celebration at Glenhope Nursery in Kingston on Monday following the opening ceremony to mark the completion of a roofing project at the facility.
Acting chief executive officer at the Child Development Agency (CDA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, expressed gratitude, but was quick to point out that children continue to encounter serious challenges, which the CDA is working to address.
"We are moving urgently to implement ways that will help our children to build their resilience in identifying when they are being abused, because a number of them (children) are not aware and some are numb to what has happened to them because there are some tragic things happening to our children," Gage-Grey told The Gleaner.
She added: "There continues to be a worrying trend, where persons who are very close to the children continue to be the perpetrators. A number of them are also very fearful, and so we looking to help them build the courage and improve our overall response and effectiveness at the CDA."
sign of hope
The acting CDA boss said: "I am extremely grateful to our stakeholders who continue to look out for the best interest of the children because it is not an easy task, and we can't do this alone. Projects like these (roof completion) give us hope, because at the end of the day, I want Jamaica to know that a secure environment for our children is what matters."
In the meantime, Maxine Smith, manager of Glenhope Nursery, told The Gleaner that the roof completion was just in time for their 40th anniversary celebration.
"This is an eternal gift, and I am especially happy because recreation cannot be enough for our children, and this will help them in having more space to play among other activities," she said.
"Many children have come through this home, and this project has been in the planning for a long time and we are eternally grateful. This could not have come at a better time - Christmas," Smith said with a smile.