The wards of the State, who were temporarily relocated to an Anglican church hall after fire destroyed the Clifton Boys’ Home in Westmoreland, last week, have been moved to another facility in the parish.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information said in a news release yesterday that the new property, which is owned by the Wesleyan Holiness Church, is more spacious and better outfitted. It can accommodate up to 60 people and is available until October this year.
The ministry also said all 28 boys who were affected by the fire are back at school and that the Child Development Agency continues to provide support.
Fire destroyed the boys’ home in Darliston, on January 15, forcing the State to seek alternative shelter for the 28 wards that were being housed there. They were initially accommodated in the church hall, which was nearby and also owned by the Anglican Church that owns the property where the home was located.
According to the news release, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has expressed deep gratitude for the outpouring of support from Jamaicans.
“The focus is now on working with the Anglican Church, NGOs and private sector to build back the home,” he was quoted in the news release yesterday.
Contributions towards the rebuilding of the home can be made to the Clifton Boys’ Home Rebuilding Fund, NCB Savanna-la-Mar account #611098561 (Jamaican currency) or account #614525185 (US currency).
CAPTION: Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has expressed deep gratitude for the outpouring of support for the boys affected by the fire at the Clifton Boys’ Home in Westmoreland. Photo: JIS