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Jamaica: Violence-torn August Town to get a boost from community groups

In an effort to foster change in the violence-torn August Town in St Andrew Central, some community-based groups have started initiatives to give back to the area.

The Peace Builders, African Gardens/Bedward Crescent Community Development Foundation has started an initiative whereby they have enlisted residents who have migrated to overseas from the area to pool resources to aid the residents.

Resource officer for the group, Garfield Thomas, said they have started projects that will assist the residents in a positive way.

“We have assisted an elderly person to repair her bathroom and kitchen, in addition to giving away 100 care packages during our Easter package drive. We have also donated tablets and laptops, and have established a food programme, where $30,000 worth of food is given away each week to an indigent person,” Thomas told The Gleaner.

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