Tablets and laptop computers are distributed to schools.
The Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee has given gifts to fifteen schools in St. James, Trelawny, and Kingston, as well as three health institutions in Western Jamaica.
The $120,000 present included medical assistance scholarships, tablets, and laptop computers.
Cornwall Regional Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, and Noel Holmes Hospital all got much-needed oxygen worth $70,000.00.
Dr. Yvonne Smith, Chairman of the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, stated that the oxygen was provided to the hospitals in July to help with the scarcity that they were having at the time.
Tablets & Laptops
She went on to say that her organization had given out 131 tablets and 26 laptop computers to 15 educational institutions, 13 of which are in St. James, one in Trelawny, and one in Kingston. Adelphi Primary School, Adelphi Gardens Basic School, Goodwill Primary School, Sudbury All-Age School, Barrett Town All-Age School, Dumfries All-Age School, Muschett High School, Cornwall College, and the University of the West Indies were among those who received tablets and laptop computers. According to Dr. Smith, the tablet and laptop computer package is a collaborative effort between the Atlanta Sister Cities Committee and the Victoria House Foundation, which is based in Washington, DC.
She stated that the goal of this collaborative project was to advance education through technology in public schools in Montego Bay and its surrounding areas.
Dr. Smith stated that the donation was appropriate considering the widespread usage of virtual learning in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic and its negative impact on developing countries.
She stated that both organizations believe it is a moral responsibility to contribute to nation-building and that they are devoted to preserving Jamaica’s future through the social and academic development of the youth.
Dr. Smith stated that this was the first time the two non-profit organizations had collaborated to help the drive to improve education in Jamaica.
She stated that McFarlane Okonta, the CEO of Victoria House who secured the laptop computers, will be working closely with the schools to give technical support and upkeep of the equipment.
Dr. Smith stated that her organization has given five scholarships totaling US$2,000 to two medical students at the University of the West Indies. Husani Hogg and Rihana Morrison are the awardees
Shaka’rah Christie, a student at St. James High School, received the Vin Martin Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late Vin Martin, who served as Chairman of The Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta; Loriean Houslin and Tiandra Brady, both of Montego Bay High School.
For nearly 50 years, the Montego Bay Atlanta Sister Cities Committee has fostered relationships between the two cities. For more than 15 years, their signature health mission, renamed in honor of Mr. Martin, has donated more than US$2 million in medicines and medical supplies to Montego Bay.
Every year, its health mission travels to Montego Bay to provide healthcare, medication, and medical supplies to hundreds of individuals. The annual medical mission lasts one week.