The innovative programmes…to inspire volunteerism, empower small enterprises, influence youth advocacy and stimulate the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) and its subsidiary companies in the JN Group to meet their corporate social responsibility…were admirably delivered by the “Act!ons” of the management and team of the JNBS Foundation, during the past fiscal year.
Via the multi-national scope of JNBS, the Foundation generated a myriad of projects, in the areas of: Economic and Community Development; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Youth and Education; as well as, Health Safety and Security.
And, the results of the activities within these portfolios have all engendered significant changes in the lives of our people, young and old, at home and in the Diaspora. In its 25 years of existence, the Foundation has grown exponentially. Its Source Centres, initiated in 2007, have become a model for development in five key
communities across Jamaica. These all-inclusive centres are designed as hubs in volatile communities,
to provide services tailored to the needs of the community, including: internet café, business assistance,
meeting facilities, homework centre, and a reference library.
One of its signature ventures, the Resolution Project, to equip and train high school students in rural Jamaica to become photojournalists and human rights advocates, was expanded to respond to assist youngsters in volatile communities to find their voices. Members of the core group continue to excel. Last year, the photo-journalists made a strong showing in the Photographic Competition of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission; and
showcased their photographs at the annual Ligunea Arts Festival.
During the past two years, the Act!on Volunteer Corps has mobilized more than 300 Jamaicans and matched their skills to provide assistance to NGOs and community based organisations, in areas such as: rural development, education, crime prevention and safety. And, the volunteers are making noteworthy strides in this subtle, rewarding “people-to-people” initiative.
Within its operation, the Foundation has deployed the skills of talented young people; employed the use of new technologies; accessed funding from international agencies; and guided a local network of JN Member Advisory Councils, at the parish level, to carry out worthy projects within their respective communities.
The implementation of all of these initiatives, the consolidation of working partnership, and securing of grants, has demonstrated the pioneering and professional skills of the management and team at the Foundation.
I commend the Foundation, on behalf of the Board and the entire JN Group, for a year of worthy accomplishments.