A new recycling project is about to be launched at the Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre.

Titled: Help Our People Earn (H.O.P.E), the project is the brainchild of final year undergraduate social work student of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Dionne Watson.

Mrs. Watson is in the process of completing her internship at the Jemmott???s Lane facility.

With the help of parents and staff, the H.O.P.E. project will launch at the Centre???s Workshop on Saturday, April 11, then within the communities of the students who attend the Centre.

It gets under way at 10:00 a.m. at Golden Rock Day Care, The Pine, St. Michael, and will be addressed by Coordinator of the Centre, Yvette Cumberbatch.

Those involved in the initiative will then travel on to Stanley Terrace, Pinelands, St. Michael; September Square, St. Matthias, Christ Church; Lead Vale, Christ Church; Todds Land, St. George; Sorrel Lane, Eden Lodge, St. Michael; Tamarind Avenue, Country Road, St. Michael; and #60 Clarkes Ave, Bayville, St. Michael.

???In this effort, I hope to inspire and encourage residents to come on board and assist in helping the students make Project H.O.P.E a success. The students at the Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre have special needs and the Centre???s workshop provides an avenue for differently-abled youth to become more productive.

???The workshop already recycles as part of its environmental programme. However; the objective of this project is to promote recycling on a larger scale at the Centre, which will later be extended to the community,??? said Mrs. Watson.

She added that as the students became capable of taking on the role of micro business persons, with the Centre???s assistance and supervision, the initiative would help them become more independent and be in a better position to earn their own income upon graduation from the Centre.

???We can help our very special people earn and become proud, productive citizens, and the public???s very kind contribution will be appreciated. This is the start of creating a dream and making it become a reality for our young adults,??? said the social work student.

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the project. For further information about the project, Teacher in charge of the Workshop, Cardinal Clarke, may be contacted at 427-9514, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or Mrs. Watson at 259-5666.


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