for Glenhope Place of Safety
MINISTER OF Health, John Junor and Winston Bowen, director of Children
Services on Wednesday broke ground for the construction of a library
at the Glenhope Place of Safety, in Kingston. The library will be
constructed at a cost of $US22,000 which was donated by New York-based
charitable organisation, Children of Jamaica Outreach Limited (COJO).
President of (COJO),
Gary Williams, handed over the cheque of $US12, 000 and three wheelchairs
to the home. Last year, the organisation donated nine wheelchairs
and $US10, 000 which was placed into a fixed deposit account towards
the library building project.
In her address,
Ambassador Marjorie Taylor said that she was pleased to be associated
with the function, because the care of children can't be the sole
responsibility of the government. She urged members of the public
to become partners in caring for the children in places of safety.
She said that although Glenhope's workers often go beyond the call
of duty, they couldn't do it alone. Don't believe that help requires
a lot of money,' she added.
'A group of women
come here to comb the children's hair. We need men to talk cricket,
people to read to them. We don't need only fund-raisers, but people
to hug and touch, and smile to make the children feel whole. Take
them to the beach, to shows, to church. We need to expose them to
highlighted the need for foster parents to come in and adopt the children
in the places of safety, and expressed grave concern that often the
homes seem to be holding areas for children who are before the courts.
Mr. Junor also announced that Cabinet has approved a restructuring
programme for children services.
Tiny tots from
the Glenhope Nursery, dressed in jeans and white t-shirts for the
occasion were orderly while some caught naps during the speeches.
A choir from the Glenhope Place of Safety sang the 1999 Gospel Festival
Song entry, 'There is hope'. Mrs Pauline Espeut-Brown, Superintendent
said the COJO gesture was an investment in the future of Jamaica's
children. Mr Williams said that COJO has embarked on a book and computer
drive for Glenhope.