Ver­nado Wal­cott needs a new lease on life

When I just came here, I didn’t have any­thing to do, so I was just on the road ev­ery day. I used to do weld­ing at high school and I would like to con­tinue so I can get a cer­tifi­cate and go learn a trade and make some money to take care of my­self.

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanique Sa­muels Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

MAY PEN, Claren­don: SEVEN­TEEN-YEAR-OLD VER­NADO Wal­cott is try­ing hard to rein­te­grate him­self into the so­ci­ety he once knew be­fore he was carted off to a place of safety in West­more­land. The Clifton Boys’ Home is where he spent the last six years be­cause of some chal­lenges at home.

“At Clifton, one of the ladies on staff took care of me like a mother would look af­ter her child; she made me feel wanted. We went to school out­side and went home in the evenings,” Wal­cott told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion, adding that he wasn’t able to sit the ex­ter­nal ex­ams be­cause he had no one to pay for the sub­jects.

“In July, my mother called Clifton and told them she wanted me to come back home, so my staff mom packed my stuff and sent me on my way and when I came to Claren­don, my mother came to meet me.”

“When I just came here, I didn’t have any­thing to do, so I was just on the road ev­ery day. I used to do weld­ing at high school and I would like to con­tinue so I can get a cer­tifi­cate and go learn a trade and make some money to take care of my­self,” he told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion. He says he would like to en­rol in the HEART pro­gramme and per­fect the skill since he al­ready has ba­sic knowl­edge in that area.

MOTHER PRO­VIDES BA­SICS

Cur­rently, his mother pro­vides the ba­sic ameni­ties for his liv­ing, but he has hopes of get­ting into a skills-train­ing pro­gramme so he can turn his life around.

“Mi just need a likkle help to at least com­plete level one in the weld­ing pro­gramme and prob­a­bly move on to level two,” he pleaded, not­ing that if any­one could of­fer him a part-time job to make some money and hone his skills in the mean­time, he would be grate­ful.

“To other young peo­ple who re­ally don’t have a fam­ily, don’t give up, you can learn a skill and get a job and fur­ther your­self,” he said.

PHOTO BY SHANIQUE SA­MUELS

Ver­nado Wal­cott needs help.

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