St Ann em­barks on Com­mu­nity Trod

Jamaica Gleaner - - SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COUNCIL - Ru­ral@glean­erjm.com ru­ral@glean­erjm.com Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

Work done by Mighty Gully mem­bers.

“They are a group of skilled and cer­ti­fied peo­ple be­ing un­leashed into so­ci­ety. The HEART cer­ti­fi­ca­tion al­lows them to work for them­selves or for oth­ers, so these young­sters who might have been oth­er­wise lost in so­ci­ety are brought into a pro­gramme that en­hanced their skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing their cry for an ex­ten­sion of the pro­gramme, McKnight said re­gret­fully, it had to end there.

“Our work on this piece of pro­ject was to iden­tify young­sters and train them.”

The USAID has also legally reg­is­tered Mighty Gully Sculp­tors as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, en­abling it to now com­pete on the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

“Be­fore that, they could not do so. They are a now a reg­is­tered en­tity in the so­ci­ety, so that alone gives them a qual­i­fi­ca­tion, and we will also help them with a busi­ness plan. We are help­ing them to de­velop their thrust to mar­ket. And as a civil so­ci­ety en­tity, we have given them the kind of train­ing that is go­ing to help them to be firm on their feet,” said McKnight. ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann: TREAD­ING THROUGH vil­lages and towns in St Ann as lo­cal tourists is bound to evoke mem­o­ries of a Ja­maica long past, while at the same time serv­ing to en­cour­age folks cur­rently in­volved in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in these com­mu­ni­ties.

So, come Fri­day, Novem­ber 4 and then again the fol­low­ing Fri­day, the 11th, the St Ann Com­mu­nity Trod will hap­pen.

Or­gan­ised by the So­cial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SDC), Fri­day’s tour by bus will leave Run­away Bay at 8:00 in the morn­ing, travel to and through Dis­cov­ery Bay, Watt Town, and Cave Val­ley, and then re­turn to Sturge Town for lunch and sam­ple dis­plays. Al­ready, with the im­por­tant tag of one of Ja­maica’s first free vil­lages, Sturge Town, now has eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties to show off, in­clud­ing the Mali bot­tled water.

On Novem­ber 11, the tour will in­clude Lime Tree Gar­den, Nine Miles, and Moneague.

Deirdre Pryce, parish ad­min­is­tra­tor for the SDC, is ex­cited about the tour and is en­cour­ag­ing per­sons to sign up and be part of the event. For $2,500, per­sons will travel on the bus and be served lunch. But the fun is up to them.

EVOLVED

Pryce, who is also chair­man of the St Ann In­ter-agency Net­work for Transforming So­cial Ser­vices (SAINTSS), told Ru­ral Xpress that the St Ann Com­mu­nity Trod evolved over time based on ac­tiv­i­ties shared among the com­mu­ni­ties.

“There will be a vil­lage set­ting at each venue, for ex­am­ple, at Lime Tree Gar­den, Watt Deirdre Pryce of the So­cial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion with a bot­tle of Mali Water, bot­tled in Sturge Town. Town, and other com­mu­ni­ties, they will set up ex­hibits to show what each com­mu­nity is do­ing,” Pryce shared.

“At Sturge Town, there will be a mini Back-A-Yard. We will talk about the his­tory, talk about the Mali water pro­ject, and other stuff. We will have lunch at Sturge Town and also be treated to prod­uct sam­ples.”

In terms of the eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties of the com­mu­ni­ties, which the Com­mu­nity Trod also is seek­ing to high­light, tourists will get the chance to see pro­jects, in­clud­ing the pro­cess­ing of ginger, curry, tinned callaloo, pump­kin juice, sweet potato juice and peanut punch. It is the aim to make these pro­jects vi­able.

“The tours are open to any­body who wants to come along,” Pryce said. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally en­joy St Ann in a dif­fer­ent man­ner.”

The tours are en­dorsed by the Tourism Prod­uct Devel­op­ment Com­pany and the Ocho Rios Re­sort Board.

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