Holy Family Infant gets new playground

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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HOLY Family Infant School in downtown Kingston was last week gifted with a new playground from non-profit organisation Digicel Foundation.

The school, located at 2 Law Street, was without a playground, which serves to impact students' learning and development.

Digicel Foundation learnt of the school's need when Lorna Anderson, a warm-hearted office attendant within the organisation, shared the school's plight.

The facility officially opened on December 12.

Anderson explained that her sister, Tanya Stewart, is a teacher at Holy Family Infant.

“She always talks about the kids, and how bright they are,” said Anderson. “She tells me they have so much potential. The children are learning to write their first letters and learning the alphabet. They are getting on well. But my sister always said they needed a space to play. They learn from playing.”

When Anderson heard about Digicel Foundation's “Mek-a-Muckle” micro-grants initiative, she encouraged her sister to apply.

“I said to her, 'Why don't you sign up for it?'”

The Digicel Foundation's Mek-a-Muckle micro-grants initiative, which began three years ago, allows Jamaicans to identify and nominate a worthy project for funding, while empowering communities through small projects that will improve quality of life and generate self-sufficiency.

The playground is the work of 360 Recycle Manufacturing, a community-based social enterprise that has benefited from a Queen's Young Leaders (QYL) award through Digicel Foundation.

At the same event, Digicel Foundation Chairman Jean Lowrie-Chin and chief executive officer of Digicel Justin Morin launched the Foundation's 2018 Annual Report, providing an overview of its projects, programmes and progress towards its goals.

The report highlights the strong bonds forged through relationships such as those with individuals and stakeholders like Anderson, who are able to make connections and identify needs. The Mek-a-Muckle and other micro-grants help to inspire leadership and energise communities.

These partnerships reflect Digicel Foundation's ongoing and strong ties with past and present recipients of support through programmes like QYL, including social enterprises such as 360 Recycle. Founder and Managing Director Scheed Cole is both a sculptor and engineer. His products are made of recycled plastic bottles and Styrofoam.

He would like the children to understand the environmental meaning behind his work.

“The playground includes elements resembling nature. There will also be boulders, rocks, a landscape,” he said.

Cole believes that children – especially those in the inner city where his own business is located – are too disconnected from nature. The playground includes a slide, seesaw, “Jungle Jim” climbing frame, and swings.

Coordinator of the Infant Department Sandy Muir said the children were really excited.

“They have had nowhere to play. We had to monitor them closely,” she explained.

In the meantime, Lowrie-Chin expressed her delight at the opening of the playground.

“It is now recognised that play is a critical learning tool for children. The new play area is such an imaginative creation. It will enhance the students' cognitive skills while providing fun and good exercise,” she said.

Morin was impressed by the creations of the social enterprise, noting that the project is in keeping with Digicel's commitment to the social development of downtown Kingston, where its head office is located.

“We at Digicel believe in investing in all the communities where we work,” he said.

Application forms for micro-grants up to a maximum of J$250,000 are currently available on the foundation's website and in over 13 dealer stores across the island, including Digicel's flagship stores in Kingston and St Andrew.

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