Gospel artiste, Kevin Downswell (centre) launches Realignment Chapter 3 at the JN Financial Centre on
Belmont Road, recently. Sharing the moment, from left are: Denzil Thorpe, Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Lorraine Kemble, brand manager, Best
Dressed Chicken; Nakeeta Nembhard, marketing manager, The Jamaica National Group and Tina
Matalon, marketing director, Restaurants of Jamaica.
Two schools in rural Jamaica will this year benefit from Kevin Downswell’s Realignment Tour Chapter 3. The schools are Ferris Primary School in Westmoreland and the Ocho Rios High School in St. Ann.
At the launch of the Realignment Tour, Chapter 3, held at the JN Financial Centre on Belmont Road in Kingston recently, Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell said that the work to be done at the schools included: refurbishing of the facilities; building a reading room; establishing mobile partitions; and the introduction of a breakfast programme at Ferris Primary School.
“We are also going to be doing a programme with the community. Savanna-La-Mar is still a farming community, and so we will be focusing our energies on the community where we are going to be working with them to teach them to farm their own gardens and ultimately help them to make their own money,” he said.
In addition, he said the work with the schools will include a seven-month mentorship programme with teachers and students.
Denzil Thorpe, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Gender, Entertainment and Sport commended Kevin Downswell and his team on the projects, as he pointed out that the country is experiencing challenging times as it relates to crime and violence and the attacks on children.
“It is noteworthy that the intention is not only to provide physical resources …. the aim (of this initiative) is also to be big brothers and sisters, offering mentoring and care to students in need,” Mr. Thorpe said.
Nakeeta Nembhard, marketing manager at The Jamaica National Group, one of the sponsors of the initiative, said JN welcomed the partnership with Mr. Downswell, who is also JN Group’s Ambassador, in the implementation of this initiative.
The Realignment Tour, which is sponsored by KFC, will commence at Manning’s High School in Savanna-la-Mar on June 21. A performance will also take place at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on June 22 and the final stop will be at the St Hilda’s High School in St. Ann, on June 22.