The 75 students and teachers at the Abilities Foundation are beaming after the institution received a major facelift yesterday (May 23), from over 60 volunteers attached to Monumental Partners and World Brands Services.
From as early as 7:30 a.m. volunteers began painting the building located on Constant Spring Road, in St. Andrew, and planting various crops in the garden operated by the institution. They also provided material for the woodwork department.
General Manager of Monumental Partners, Christopher Goulbourne, said the project gave all the volunteers a sense of accomplishment.
“This institution is worthy, as it is not often that the disabled community gets serious partnerships for empowerment. We identified areas that we can follow up and give support. We are going to continue throughout the year in meaningful ways,” he said.
It is expected that a website will be built for the school, and students will be trained to maintain it.
Managing Director of the institution, Suzanne Hamilton, said the beneficiaries are grateful for the work done.
“The proposed website will give us more visibility to reach the Diaspora and educate persons about disability. We will also reach out to employers to look at our students for future employment,” she said.
Student at the school, Carey Rowe, said she felt good about the work done at the institution.
“Thank God for the people who came here and thanks to everybody who helped us so well,” he said.
The Abilities Foundation provides vocational education to persons with disabilities, to enable them to function as creative and productive citizens. It was established in November 1991, and is a registered voluntary organization.
The Foundation works in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the HEART Trust/NTA.