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Government of Jamaica


Handing-Over Ceremony of Masks from HOPE Programme

National Coordinator, HOPE Programme, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rickman (left), makes the presentation to CRP Programme Director Mr Charles Clayton (right)

The fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the Downtown Kingston communities of Tivoli Gardens and Trench Town recently got a boost when the Kingston and St Andrew Inter-Agency Network (KSAIAN) Inter-Agency Network Youth Development Programme (IANYDP) received reusable masks courtesy of the government’s HOPE (Housing Opportunity Production Employment) programme on Wednesday, August 19.

The masks were presented by HOPE to the PIOJ Community Renewal Programme (CRP) and the Social Development Commission (SDC), which are stakeholders of the KSAIAN. The goal of the IANYDP is to provide capacity-building support to the Community Development Committees (CDCs) in its target areas and to also strengthen and motivate youth to become more involved in the community development process.

The programme currently targets youth within the Tivoli Gardens and Trench Town communities. The partnering agencies are: The HOPE Programme, HEART Trust/NTA, SDC, Northern Caribbean University and the Project Management Global Institute.

The participants of the Handing-Over Ceremony adorned in their HOPE masks. (L–R) PIOJ CRP Programme Director, Mr Charles Clayton; PIOJ CRP Research Assistant, Mrs Kimberley Wellington; IANYDP participant, Mr Devante Thompson; PIOJ Technical Specialist, Socio Economic Development, Ms Charmaine Brimm; National Coordinator HOPE Programme, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rickman; HOPE official Mrs Michelle Christie Roberts; SDC official, Mr Damion Hylton; IANYDP participant, Ms Simone Simpson; SDC official, Ms Odeka Haughton; and Ms Zann Locke, representing the Trench Town Community Development Committee