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The Jamaican Diaspora in Canada through the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation (HHJF), working closely with the Jamaican Consul General in Toronto and Food for the Poor Canada will be constructing the Wakefield Infant School in Trelawny and the Mount Pleasant Basic School in St Margaret’s Bay in Portland.

Members from Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation and the Toronto Carpenter’s Union from different Locals (27, 46 and 1030), some of whom are Jamaicans have been in Trelawny since Sunday, July 1, executing these projects.

“Over 4,000 children’s lives have been touched by the generosity of our donors and supporters”, says Karl Hale, President, HHJF. “This Trelawny build is the first of two this year. The second build is also in July (10-15) and will be in Portland.”

Following completion of the school in Trelawny, the team will travel to Portland to build the second of two for 2018 and the nineteenth such school under the HHJF, Food for the Poor Canada and Toronto Carpenter’s Union partnership.

“Helping Hands (founded in 2006 by then Jamaican Consul General to Toronto) continues to build from the ground up through our contribution to Basic School builds in Jamaica”, says Denise Jones, Board Member, HHJF and team lead on this Jamaican mission. She continues, “We have been blessed and honored to build 19 of the 28 schools, our partner and colleague Food for the Poor has constructed in 10 years.

Alongside classrooms, kitchens and washrooms, the schools will include water catchment systems, fences and playgrounds.

It should be noted that the 130 year-old Carpenters Union donated the funds for the constructions, and that the tools and equipment used in the processes will, upon completion of the builds, be donated to the Heart TRUST NTA.

Additionally, Members of the Carpenters Union also visited Prime Minister Andrew Holness on(Monday, July2) at the Office of the Prime Minister to discuss cooperation within the construction sector, between both countries.