Beverage company builds basic school
Beverage manufacturing and distribution company Kisko Products has gifted the people of Lower Buxton in St Ann with a basic school valued at $7.6 million.
The school, which will house more than 33 students, contains three classrooms, an office, a sick bay, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, as well as student and staff bathrooms, was constructed with the help of Food for the Poor and Helping Hands Jamaica, which is based in Toronto, Canada.
The early childhood education institution is part of the Lower Buxton Primary School infant department, and was constructed in three days with the help of Kisko staff, who travelled all the way from Canada to assist with the project.
"As Christians, we are called to give back," said Mark Josephs, president of Kisko, which has both Jamaican and Canadian ownership. He explained that he and his family are setting a firm foundation in relation to Jamaica's early childhood education system.
No stranger to funding charity projects on the island, this is the second school Kisko has built on the island the first being the Kinloss Basic School in Trelawny, two years ago.
Josephs and his mother Glenor are hoping other Jamaican-owned companies doing well overseas will be inspired to participate in positive projects that have the capacity to make a difference to the lives of the less fortunate in Jamaica.
"It was heartening to be able to change the environment that the students had become accustomed to. Many were unable to attend school because there was no space for them. That no longer exist with this new facility," said, Glenor, the matriarch of the 40-year-old organisation.
Their efforts were lauded by Food for the Poor's project coordinator, Marcus Irons, who said the company had come this far because of their faith in God and the entrenched belief that it's not all about making money.
Chairman of the school board, Jasper Lawrence, described the gift to the community as Christ-like compassion, one that transcends barriers.
"This investment is not only in the structure, but in the quality of life of generations to come," Lawrence said, adding that the greatest appreciation the beneficiaries could show is to genuinely care for the facility.