Children from nine St Catherine underserved communities who fall below the poverty line are now enjoying an amazing educational journey made possible by the generosity of the late US philanthropist Christel Dehaan.
A very successful business-woman who founded Christel House International, Dehaan succumbed to cancer last year before getting a chance to see the completion of Christel House Jamaica, one of the eight schools she established worldwide that are dedicated to providing education to poor children who are otherwise deprived of a solid education due to their circumstances.
The school compound spreads out over 10 acres of land made possible through a 99-year lease from the Government of Jamaica. It sits next door to the José Martí Technical High School and would be the envy of many institutions in developed countries.
With its spacious surroundings and well-structured classrooms, equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, including tablets for all the students, a computer lab, a music room with various musical instruments, a medical centre with isolation area, and grounds designed for environmental friendliness, coupled with a well-trained team of teachers and ancillary staff, the institution is a haven for teaching and learning.