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Church on the Rock launches Net café

Published:Friday | February 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

An Internet café geared to serve residents of several low-income St Andrew communities was yesterday launched at Church on the Rock.

The Rock Internet Café, which was financed through the Government's Universal Access Fund, will be accessible to the residents of the nearby communities of Cassava Piece, Whitehall, Common and One Hundred Lane, among others.

"I just want the people to be computer-literate," said Franz Fletcher, senior pastor of the church."Our (Jamaican) people need to be elevated to another level."

Hugh Cross, managing director of the Universal Access Fund, said the organisation was "extremely pleased to have provided funding for this very important facility for Cassava Piece and surrounding communities".

Facilitating upgrade

The Universal Access Fund has facilitated the upgrade of public high schools islandwide through the e-Learning Jamaica Company, and has funded the provision of computers and associated equipment at parish and branch libraries throughout the country.

The Rock Internet Café at Church on the Rock is the 16th community Internet access point to be commissioned into service, including facilities at five post offices by the Universal Access Fund.

Church on the Rock, Kingston, which was founded in 1984 by Apostle David Keane and his late wife, Denver, conducts a wide range of community-based projects, including free Saturday health clinics.

The church, which also operates the Andrew Keane Memorial Home for Girls for vulnerable young women, established the Church on the Rock Foundation, which will oversee the formation of a state-of-the-art remedial school for high school-age students and a centre to rehabilitate at-risk young men.