Musgrave Girls Home

The Musgrave Girls Home, one of thirteen (13) Government operated facilities was established in the late 1970s to accommodate adolescent girls who are made wards of the State. As a residential facility, Musgrave Girls Home presently houses 45 girls between the ages 10-18 years.

A cadre of staff consisting of a Superintendent, an instructor, a clerical officer, 6 social work aides, a cook and a handyman are responsible for the day to day operations of the facility.

The home provides programmes that promote the overall development of the children. The academic programme is seen as priority hence, the girls attend various schools within the community. Limited skills training is also provided. Counseling and extra curricular activities such as netball and 4-H Clubs are special features in the home.

The girls often benefit from the goodwill of many organizations and individuals who are associated with the facility.

Contract: Musgrave Girls Home
24 Lady Musgrave Road
Kingston 5
Tel: 876 927 7522

Musgrave Girls’ Home Gets Kitchen & School Supplies (Kingston).

The Musgrave Girls’ Home has been presented with kitchen and school supplies including four computers, a laser jet printer, a refrigerator and deep freeze as well as stationery supplies from Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO). Founder and Chairman of COJO, Gary Williams made the donation on Thursday (Oct. 9) at the institution in Kingston. Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry-Wilson who spoke at the handing over ceremony, said that the presentation was an indication that despite the recent problems associated with the country’s childcare services there were organisations that inspire hope.

COJO, which was founded in 1994, derives its name from the slave fighter Cudjoe. It is a non-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged children in the greater New York area and Jamaica through sponsorship from organisations such as, SuperClubs Resorts, Tommy Hilfiger, American Airlines and British Airways among others. Officially recognised by the Jamaican Government, COJO has been noted for its humanitarian work and assistance to needy children. COJO has made donations to several childcare facilities in the island among them, Alpha Boys’ Home, and the Glenhope Nursery for physically challenged children. In August 2003, Mr. Williams was honoured at the Jamaican Independence Ball held in New York. He received the Consul General’s award for his charitable work in the Jamaican community, in New York and locally.

The Education Minister stated that the work of COJO was a signal, indicating that there were Jamaicans who still saw the Island as home and who were willing to help their fellowmen. She applauded the efforts of COJO, calling it a “homemaker” rated among the best. Turning to the children at the home, Mrs. Henry-Wilson encouraged them to make the best of the opportunities presented to them. She urged them to emulate COJO’s founder by becoming citizens with positive contributions to make. She commended the persons who managed the home for the work they had carried out. “Whenever I come to this home I marvel at the levels of improvement that continuously take place here…we can’t discount the work of the leadership of this home in making sure that the young ladies who are here have the best that is possible,” she commented.

The home has recently been fitted with a kitchen, bathroom, washroom and walkway at a cost of over $5 million. The Musgrave Girls’ Home is one of 13 Government-operated facilities and was founded in the late 1970’s. It is home to about 45 girls aged 10 to 18 who are wards of the state. A four-year skills’ training programme in sewing is offered at the institution for girls who are not attending school. Some are also involved in the Human Employment and Resource

Training programme

Superintendent of the home, Janet Davidson told JIS News that about 80 per cent of the girls were enrolled in regular schools across the Corporate Area. The Superintendent said one of the challenges facing the facility was finding homes for some girls who, upon reaching 18 years, have no known relatives or could not return to their homes. However, the Child Development Agency has plans for the construction of a halfway house to stem this problem. The Child Development Agency has replaced the Children’s Services Division formerly under the Ministry of Health.

She said that the institution was home to many girls who had been abused, abandoned or exposed to danger. She pointed out that the process began with the courts, which decided where the children should be placed for care. The Superintendent, who has been with the home for 11 years, noted that even though the Government assisted the home substantially, there were always additional needs that should be met. Some ‘kind citizens’ such as the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, Sunset Optimist Club, Big Sisters of Jamaica, George and Branday Limited met these needs, she said.

The Musgrave Girls home has been a refuge to many girls who have gone on to take their places in society. “A lot of them has fallen through the cracks but we do have success stories,” the Superintendent declared.
In his remarks, Mr. Williams said his organisation was pleased to have been able to make the donation. “ Our mission is to help the kids…. so that they have the opportunity to be great citizens of tomorrow”, he stated.
He thanked Air Jamaica and Trans Continental for assisting to ship the supplies.


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