Over 80 children from communities around the Kingston Harbour recently benefitted from a back to school initiative sponsored by the Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL). The initiative included a back to school medical fair, a book drive and the award of over 20 scholarships.
The scholarships, which were sponsored by KFTL and administered through the Jamaica Fisherman’s Cooperative Union (JFCU), were awarded to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students, all of whom are children or grandchildren of fisherfolk from landing sites around the Kingston Harbour. In addition to the scholarships, KFTL employees also facilitated a Book Drive through which they donated books and funding to purchase supplies for the fisherfolk’s children. The awards and book supplies were issued at a ceremony held on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Dr. Chanelle Fingal-Robinson, KFTL’s Social Impact Specialist, noted at the awards ceremony that “this initiative is part of the entity’s efforts of helping to improve the lives of fisherfolk in surrounding communities.” She added that this was one of several corporate social responsibility programmes that KFTL employs.
Maxine Brown-Dorma, a vendor from the New Forum Fishing Village, was one of the persons whose child benefitted from the scholarship. “I am very grateful to KFTL and JFCU for partnering to provide us with these scholarships. It has been a huge help to me and to others in assisting us to get our children ready for back to school,” she said.
The back to school Medical Fair, also sponsored by KFTL, was done in partnership with doctors from The Paediatric Place, and was held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the New Forum Fishing Village, Port Henderson Road, Portmore, St. Catherine. Children from surrounding communities received comprehensive medical examinations including eye tests, urine tests, blood pressure and blood sugar tests, among several other services. The patrons also received dental hygiene supplies from Great Shape! Inc., a charitable non-profit organization which provides literacy, dental and eye care services to Jamaicans in several communities.