JAM | May 26, 2023

D&G continues to promote sustainable development in Jones Town

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Excited to join the Jones Town Benevolent Society as they undergo their Labour Day activities, D&G Foundation Director Dianne Ashton Smith (left) and Red Stripe Head of Human Resources, Judon Bowden (right) pose for a photo-op with Jones Town community member Louise Newland (middle). (Photo: Contributed)

The Desnoes & Geddes (D&G) Foundation took the lead in fostering sustainable development at the community level in Jones Town through their Labour Day activities.

The Foundation’s flagship initiative, the ‘Sustainable Streets’ Labour Day project, awarded a generous $1 million grant to the Jones Town Benevolent Society (JTBS). The funds have been designated for various community projects, including vital renovations at the St. Simon Basic School in Jones Town.

The Executive Director of the Jones Town Benevolent Society, Itan Henry, expressed deep gratitude to have been chosen as one of the three finalists in the Sustainable Streets competition.

“We are elated to have been selected as winners of the Sustainable Streets competition. The D&G Foundation continues to offer opportunities to boost sustainable community development across the island, and as a corporate entity, it is truly commendable how trustworthy they are. The Foundation does not only claim to value sustainability, but they continue to prove that to us and have partnered with them on numerous occasions in the past; we knew this partnership would be just as valuable”, said Henry.

Members of the D&G Foundation and the Jones Town Benevolent Society are joined by community members and a representative from the JCF to celebrate the award of $1 Million from the Foundation’s ‘Sustainable Streets’ competition. The award was presented on Tuesday (May 23). (Photo: Contributed)

The Society wasted no time in putting the funds to good use, commencing work on upgrading the community’s greenhouse project, cleaning up garbage dumps, and addressing plumbing issues at the Saint Simon Basic School.

Moreover, the $1 million prize facilitated the refurbishment of the community basketball and netball courts, the renovation of the community centre, and the purchase of sports equipment to encourage leisurely and competitive sports in ten areas within the community.

The ‘Sustainable Streets’ competition, initiated by the D&G Foundation, invited community groups from across the island to compete for three $1 million grants dedicated to Labour Day projects that focused on environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Dianne Ashton-Smith, Director of the D&G Foundation, commended the ongoing efforts of the Society in making a positive impact on the volatile community and striving for long-term change for its residents.

Dianne Ashton Smith, Director of the D&G Foundation,

“The greatest gift we can give to future generations is a world that is sustainable, equitable, and just. The Desnoes and Geddes Foundation understands this responsibility and is committed to investing in communities and projects that promote a better future for all. We believe that empowering vulnerable communities through sustainable projects is not only a way to provide immediate relief but also a means to build long-term resilience and self-sufficiency. Recognizing the transformative power of sustainable solutions, we are committed to investing in projects that create lasting positive impact for those who need it the most,” stated Ashton-Smith.

In addition to the recent grant, the D&G Foundation made a significant contribution last year by donating $160,000 towards the establishment of a ‘safe space’ where community members could gather to learn and play. Furthermore, the Foundation provided a cash sponsorship of $100,000 and 100 thumb drives to facilitate a graduation ceremony for the Society’s ‘Heart in Hands’ skills training program, which was funded by USAID and recently concluded in April.


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