Western Soroptimist club creates history
WESTERN BUREAU:The Western Jamaica Soroptimist International club has been awarded the prize for the Best Practice for Economic Empowerment, for its long-standing project, the Wee Care Basic School, by the Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI) at the 80th Federation Conference held earlier in November.
Rosalie Feurtado-Toby, president of the Western Jamaica Soroptimist International shared that: "It is a great honour that shows that steadfastness pays, and we look forward to the further growth of the Wee Care Basic School."
FIRST TIME FOR JA CLUB
In the more than four decades that Jamaican clubs have been associated with the programme, this is the first time that a Jamaican club has copped such an award. The Western Jamaica club now holds the distinction of being the first to have its project recognised by the Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland, to which 350 clubs from Commonwealth countries all over the world belong.
With a focus on the advancement of the status of women and children, the Wee Care Infant School opened its doors in 1973 with 15 children. It was the Western Jamaican club's response to the community's growing need for safe and nurturing places for children while their mothers filled the increasing number of available job vacancies.