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New Hall of Residence delivers ‘Christmas Spirit’

University of the West Indies | 2015-12-14 00:00:00

The students of the New Hall of Residence, which is operated by 138 Student Living at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, embraced the Christmas spirit and visited The Walker’s Place of Safety for children. The students brought gifts for over 40 children at the home, in addition to some well need items as requested by the home’s manager Ms. Grace Allen in a letter addressed to the University.

Miss. Lauren Mohais, the Hall’s External Affairs Chairman commented ,“A big part of the Christmas season is giving back to the community, the New Hall’s EAC comprises of many foreign students who now live in Jamaica, so we chose to give back to our new Jamaican community.”

The New Hall comprises of approximately 80% non-Jamaicans, majority of which are from the Caribbean. Each student was asked to buy a gift or contribute to the purchase of one.

Mohais continued, “Christmas time is really for the children and gift giving is one sure way to making them happy, so we were eager to go to a children’s home to spend time with them and make their season a memorable one.”

Mrs. Lee, Director of 138 Student Living stated that: “138 Student Living Jamaica Limited is very cognizant of the fact that our children represent the future Jamaica and we all need to play our part in creating an environment in which they can thrive; our facilities at UWI Mona is testimony of this.”

An emotional Ms. Grace Allen, Manger for Walker’s Place of Safety expressed her gratitude, “It is good for you to be able to come and share with the children and share with the home as well, because what you brought for us we couldn’t afford to buy them, so I just want to say thank you and also thanks on-behalf of the children.” Allen said.

Located at 17 Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston, Walker’s Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions. The home provides children with proper nutrition and safe shelter, along with access to educational services and health care.

The New Hall of Residence is the latest student accommodation being constructed on The UWI, Mona Campus. The hall is operated by a private company, 138 Student Living, under a public-private partnership agreement with the university to finance, build and operate the hall.

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