Jamaica Gleaner - - PROFILE OUTLOOK -

THE MERE thought of us­ing waste ma­te­rial to cre­ate hand­i­craft and tools for daily life­style use may seem a dif­fi­cult task, but for 13 year old Ti­amoye Hard­ing it’s a hobby that quickly turned into a pas­sion.

Hard­ing’s creative and cu­ri­ous na­ture has al­lowed her to utilise waste ma­te­rial to cre­ate af­ford­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly items through RISE Life Man­age­ment Waste In­no­va­tion and So­cial En­ter­prise (WISE) Pro­gramme. The ini­tia­tive which re­cently re­ceived a do­na­tion of $300,000 from CAC 2000 Lim­ited, fo­cuses on life skills train­ing for in­ner city youth to cre­ate items from up­cy­cled waste.

“The WISE pro­gramme has helped me to de­velop my cre­ativ­ity skills. It has been great fo­cus­ing on the project that can help me in the fu­ture, rather than wast­ing my time on the week­ends,” said Hard­ing. “I have been hav­ing so much fun with it, I made pots and tiles made from foam and ce­ment and painted

From left: Vic­tor Brown, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor at CAC 2000 Lim­ited; Sonita Morin-Abra­hams, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Rise Life Man­age­ment Ser­vices; Gia Abra­ham, direc­tor of CAC Foun­da­tion; Ti­amoye Hard­ing, WISE Pro­gramme ben­e­fi­ciary; Fred Reivin, project co­or­di­na­tor for WISE Pro­gramme and Sa­maine Gibbs, WISE Pro­gramme ben­e­fi­ciary (front, kneel­ing).

Ti­amoye Hard­ing, Waste In­no­va­tion So­cial En­ter­prise (WISE) ben­e­fi­ciary.

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