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Rainforest, Food For The Poor partner to restore lives

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 12:07 PM
In this 2013 photo, this elderly woman stands in front of a house given to her by Food For The Poor. Her previous residence was demolished by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Rainforest Seafoods deepened its commitment to Food For The Poor (FFP) by launching a campaign in April in which $50 from each Rainforest product sold will be donated to FFP Jamaica's housing projects. Through this campaign, Rainforest Seafoods will be donating $1 million to build houses for citizens in need.

Brian Jardim, Rainforest Seafoods' chief executive officer, said the happiness that recipients of the houses built by FFP Jamaica express on receiving the keys to their new homes is heart-warming.

"Having seen the joy of recipients and the efficiency of FFP in delivering housing units, we were inspired to continue our partnership. The entire Rainforest team is on board, as we all share in the mission of the organisation - changing lives and restoring Jamaican families," Jardim said.

Latoya Williams, a recipient of a FFP home constructed in partnership with Rainforest in April 2016, said she was grateful for the assistance.

" I could not afford a house because I started out wrong in life and my parents couldn't afford to give me a good education. When I was to do my CXC subjects, my mother said she couldn't afford them. They had to send me home. After leaving school, I had to be selling and buying cookies and juices downtown. I made mistakes, but I want to do better for my children - and this house is a start," Williams said.

Jardim said of FFP: "This is an organisation that deserves everyone's support. Their work and dedication speak volumes."

Since its start in 1983, FFP Jamaica has constructed more than 42,000 houses for destitute families across the island. This demonstrates the dedication and commitment of its staff and management. The organisation has also distributed hundreds of containers of necessary supplies to support infirmaries, ministries, church groups and other organisations with food, clothes, personal care items and equipment.