JN Foun­da­tion do­nates to Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

THE MIS­SION­AR­IES of the Poor are the re­cip­i­ents of 500 care pack­ages in­clud­ing ba­sic food items, toi­letries, canned foods, and house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts to as­sist the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries to cope with the ef­fects of COVID-19.

The JN Foun­da­tion made the pre­sen­ta­tion to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor at a ded­i­cated ware­house space on Mar­cus Gar­vey Drive in Kingston on June 9. Eli­jah Ku­jur Mop, who re­ceived the pack­ages on be­half of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, lauded the gen­eros­ity of the JN Foun­da­tion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate this con­tri­bu­tion given by the JN Foun­da­tion, which will as­sist us to meet the needs of our homes. What­ever was lack­ing, this con­tri­bu­tion will go a far way to sus­tain us,” he said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates six homes with some 500 per­sons, com­pris­ing the el­derly, the men­tally chal­lenged, the dis­abled, and chil­dren. The homes are lo­cated on Hanover Street; Laws Street, High Hol­born Street, and He­roes Cir­cle in down­town

‘We are happy to be in a po­si­tion to part­ner with Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor in a mean­ing­ful way. We recog­nise that no one has been spared from the fall­out from COVID-19.’

Kingston; and Golden Spring in St An­drew.

Onyka Bar­rett Scott, gen­eral man­ager of the JN Foun­da­tion, said the do­na­tion was in re­sponse to the needs of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which plays a crit­i­cal role in com­mu­nity-out­reach pro­grammes across the coun­try.

“We are happy to be in a po­si­tion to part­ner with Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor in a mean­ing­ful way. We recog­nise that no one has been spared from the fall­out from COVID-19, and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor are well placed to help us re­spond to the needs of the most marginalis­ed in the so­ci­ety,” Bar­rett Scott said.

“There­fore, we chose to give tan­gi­ble items, such as food pack­ages and clean­ing agents, which will as­sist the or­gan­i­sa­tion to care for the res­i­dents of the var­i­ous homes,” she added.

Brother Ku­jur Mop pointed out that the mis­sion­ar­ies had been for­tu­nate, in that none of the per­sons lo­cated in their homes had been in­fected by the coro­n­avirus. How­ever, he noted that some out­reach pro­grammes had been cur­tailed, given the na­ture of the virus.

He noted that the sup­plies of the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been neg­a­tively af­fected as a re­sult of COVID-19 be­cause it de­pends heav­ily on ‘in-kind’ do­na­tions, which have been re­duced in the last few months.

The JN Foun­da­tion’s con­tri­bu­tion was also in sup­port of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica COVID-19 Ja­maica Re­sponse Fund, which is aimed at meet­ing the needs of cit­i­zens and mit­i­gat­ing the threats as­so­ci­ated with the pan­demic by dis­tribut­ing aid to ar­eas that need it the most.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Onyka Bar­rett Scott (sec­ond left), gen­eral man­ager at JN Foun­da­tion, and her team of Zola Hinds (third right), cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity of­fi­cer, and Che­vanese Peters (sec­ond right), pro­grammes co­or­di­na­tor at the JN Foun­da­tion, present care pack­ages to Eli­jah Ku­jur Mop (right), Sim­ran Barla (left), and Lo­ri­anus Kollo, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mis­sion­ar­ies of the Poor. The JN Foun­da­tion pre­sented 500 care pack­ages to the or­gan­i­sa­tion to as­sist its ben­e­fi­cia­ries to cope with the ef­fects of COVID-19.

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