TRELAWNY: This summer, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) joined forces with the Trelawny Parish Library to empower youngsters, aged 4-15 years, “to make environmentally conscious decisions.” Attracting sponsors like the National Baking Company, the programme drew dozens of participants to the Falmouth-based parish library, as well as the branch libraries in Clark’s Town, Wakefield and Duncan’s. The kids were exposed to issues centred on pollution, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. Books on Jamaica’s flora and fauna were also given to the participants.
ST. ANDREW: On the night of Friday, August 9, fire of unknown origin destroyed dormitories at the Jamaica National Children’s Home, the place of residence for 41 boys and girls, who are wards of the state. Exemplary corporate citizen Sagicor Jamaica has leaped to their aid, donating $1 million to go towards rebuilding efforts. “We hope that this will see to some of the immediate needs of the children… and we look forward, in the weeks and months to come, to seeing how we can be of assistance,” says Sagicor Group CEO, Chris Zacca. “If they are Jamaican children, they are our children.”