Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion helps Mount Olivet

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Joy­lene Grif­fiths, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion, lis­tens in­tently as Pa­trick New­man, man­ager of Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, out­lines his plans for the four calves the foun­da­tion pre­sented to the home.

WITH SCARCE re­sources of­ten stretched to the limit, staff at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walder­ston, Manch­ester, has been find­ing it dif­fi­cult to pro­vide the ba­sics – food and shel­ter – for the chil­dren in their care.

To al­ter their cir­cum­stances, the staff took to de­vel­op­ing a farm project and reached out for as­sis­tance. Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion stepped in, do­nat­ing four calves.

“They came on board almost im­me­di­ately and pur­chased four calves for us. It was such a won­der­ful thing for them to do for us”, said man­ager Pa­trick New­man. He noted that the fa­cil­ity has been ag­gres­sively try­ing to cre­ate projects to pro­vide a steady in­come stream and food sup­plies for the young men. The farm al­ready has three pigs, five goats, and ap­prox­i­mately 40 rab­bits.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion Joy­lene Grif­fiths said: “Self-suf­fi­ciency is an im­por­tant strat­egy in keeping the doors open for many fa­cil­i­ties like the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home. Agri­cul­ture makes this pos­si­ble, as well as pro­vides train­ing and a skill for the young men who re­side at the home. Ex­pand­ing the farm and rear­ing cat­tle make sense. We plan to add a wa­ter cis­tern and shed for the an­i­mals in the pas­ture and mon­i­tor the progress of the an­i­mals.”


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