Care packages have been presented to 200 families in St Catherine by the Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment Foundation (PAEF) at a cost of $300,000.
Executive Director of the foundation, Pauline Gregory Lewis, said they provided assistance to the families because of the challenges children were facing as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
She told JIS News that through the combined effort of donors who “responded well,” and funds from the PAEF, within one week they were able to deliver the packages to seven primary schools at a ceremony held recently at the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town.
“I want to help the children to have it a bit easier. I know what it is to be in need, so I had to do something, and I am very thankful to the donors,” Gregory Lewis said.
Meanwhile, Parish Manager for the Social Development Commission, Samuel Heron, said the group must be applauded for its work in the parish.
“We applaud the PAEF, and we would like to see them continue. We are looking at ways in which we can assist more,” he said.