Scotia, Food for the Poor assist stroke-stricken single mom

January 14, 2022
Joined by her children, Nadiesha Cunningham accepts donated items from Food for the Poor representative, Jason Lewin.
Joined by her children, Nadiesha Cunningham accepts donated items from Food for the Poor representative, Jason Lewin.

Nadiesha Cunningham is a single mother of three children. She has been finding it very difficult to provide for herself and her offspring, having suffered a stroke a few years ago.

"I've been trying for six years to get on the PATH programme, but no success," said the physically challenged Cunningham.

Despite their challenges, Cunningham's three children were enrolled in school until the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to adopt the online modality for the delivery of lessons. The 29-year-old St Catherine woman has found it difficult to purchase tablet computers for her children to attend online classes.

Although schools have been re-opened to face-to-face learning, Education Minister Fayval Williams has instructed that the institutions continue to operate using a blended approach where all students cannot be facilitated at once in the face-to-face setting. This means that students will still be required to go online on some days for their lessons.

Given the family's plight, Scotiabank, through its 'Love, Scotiabank' programme that is executed in partnership with Food for the Poor Jamaica, has stepped in and given tablets for her children to regain access to education. Cunningham has also been gifted two double-beds, a fan and a dresser.

"This is a family in dire need of assistance and we are so happy to play a role in alleviating some of their struggles, especially with regard to the children and their education," said Avril Leonce, head of the sales support unit at Scotiabank.

Kivette Silvera, executive director of Food for the Poor Jamaica, described the donation as timely.

"As a charity, we recognise that for some the new year brings heightened anxiety and hopelessness caused from various socio-economic challenges. Therefore, we are so heartened and thankful to Scotiabank for its timely act of kindness, which has given the gift of hope to this family," said Silvera.

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