Jamaica Public Service Foundation Receives International Donor Support

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is already receiving donor support for its newly formed social outreach initiative, the JPS Foundation.

In an interview with JIS News, JPS President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kelly Tomblin, said the Foundation has thus far attracted the attention of one global entity, American Clean Energy, which has already made a contribution to its efforts targeting, among other things, support to enhance developments in three basic schools earmarked for this intervention.

These institutions are: the Mount Olive Basic School in Rockfort, Kingston; York Town Basic School, Clarendon; and Falmouth Gardens Basic School, Trelawny. The Foundation aims to assist in advancing the schools’ development into model institutions over the next three years.

“We are so thrilled with these three schools and their ability to have some impact. Today I got from American Clean Energy, $500, 000,” she told JIS News following the Foundation’s official launch at the JPS’ Ruthven Road offices in Kingston.

The JPS President argued that corporate social responsibility programmes like the JPS Foundation, are to be commended and urged other business entities to undertake similar endeavours.

“People want to give…I don’t think you’ll have to coerce them. We know there are so many competing demands, but we do believe that if you’re going to have prosperity then it has to begin with the children,” she contended.

The JPS Foundation project has also benefited from a $27 Million grant injection from the company and a $500,000 staff contribution.

Its overarching objectives include: assisting early childhood institutions to meet and surpass basic standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) for staffing; development/educational programmes; interactions and relationships with children; physical environment; indoor and outdoor equipment; furnishing and supplies; health; nutrition; safety; and interaction with parents and community members.

Contact: O. Rodger Hutchinson