Food For The Poor Canada celebrates 10th anniversary with new building for Hampden Infant School

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC) used its 10th anniversary last week to expand the plant at Hampden Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland, effectively giving the infant department its own facilities.

They feature a new building that includes three classrooms, a playground, a water catchment system, and a kitchen.

“Hampden Primary School is finally getting a building for our Infant Department, something we have wanted for many years now. I am so excited and I know it will make a big difference in the lives of the children and the community,” Principal Richard McLaughlin said.

Added senior teacher Dawn Gordon Pinnock,”...Many thanks to the Canadian donors and Food For The Poor.”

Volunteers raised the funds to cover the construction and, along with the team and contractors of sister charity Food For The Poor Jamaica, took leave from their schedules to hammer and paint for three days under the hot sun.

“Canadians are so generous and passionate,” Samantha Mahfood, executive director of Food For The Poor Canada, said.

“They have taken to heart Food For The Poor's holistic system of sharing: It takes a village to build a village. By building a school this week, we are building both the structure and the opportunity for this village in Trelawny, and next month we will celebrate the opening of the village of Bezin in Haiti with 30 new homes, a chicken farm, and community water and light,” she added.

Wednesday's opening ceremony featured current high commissioner of Canada to Jamaica Laurie Peters, and previous High Commissioner and FFPC Chairman Robert Ready, who both spoke of work done over the last 10 years and the centuries-old relationship between the two countries.

Outlining its growth over the past 10 years, FFPC said with the generosity and dedication of its volunteers and donors, it has upgraded and renovated 28 schools in Jamaica, built 80 houses in Haiti and Jamaica, shipped tens of millions of dollars worth of medicine, medical equipment, food and educational supplies, supported numerous livestock projects, and provided emergency relief after natural disasters.

“FFPC is proud to celebrate the 10th year of working with and for communities in the Caribbean with the important support of Canadian donors and volunteers,” the charity said.

FFPC is part of the Food For The Poor family of charities that works in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. It has five areas of programming in Haiti and Jamaica: food, housing, education, health and livelihood. Through basic aid and sustainable development, it responds to urgent needs while building community and social infrastructure.

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