Clarendon’s Victoria Primary to enjoy Jamaica Diaspora Day of Service

June 12, 2019
Dr Sylvanus Thompson
Dr Sylvanus Thompson

Next Thursday, students of Victoria Primary in north Clarendon will see members of the Jamaica diaspora staging a health and wellness fair.

The eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference will be held in Kingston from June 16 to 20, under the theme 'Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development'.

"A component of the conference will be a Diaspora Day of Service, whereby delegates conduct various community projects on June 20. The Canadian delegation, in association with various local agencies, will be at the Victoria Primary School to provide a number of services for the students and the wider community," said Sylvanus Thompson, Jamaica Diaspora Board advisory member, Canada.

The school is in a predominantly agricultural community with very little other employment opportunities.

"In spite of the challenges, the school has been performing reasonably well with above-average results in the Ministry of Education's Literacy and Numeracy Tests. Past students from Victoria School have been making significant contributions both in Jamaica and elsewhere in the world, in the fields of education, health, sports and national security," Thompson said. Among them is Simon Brown, former world boxing champion who held titles at multiple weight classes.

Thompson said part of the decision to choose the school as the recipient for the day of service was that there is no healthcare facility in the community and most of the residents are financially challenged to seek medical care outside the area.

The services being proposed for the health and wellness fair include blood pressure screening, cholesterol and HIV tests, dental care for the students, and eye care.

The project will also include a school garden, as well as landscaping and beautification of the compound using discarded tyres, thus reducing mosquito-breeding sites.

Various health and wellness-related institutions and local businesses are being invited to participate in the project.

"The participating organisations include the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors, Renewal for Change, and Friends of St Thomas Health Care (Toronto)," said Thompson.

The fair will begin at 10 a.m.

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