KSA Development and Homecoming Foundation launches in time for Jamaica 55
The launch of the Kingston & St Andrew (KSA) Development and Homecoming Foundation took place on Wednesday, May 3, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, witnessed by a number of government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, residents of both parishes, and the business sector.
The foundation is an initiative of Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller, who chairs the committee; Custos of St Andrew Dr Patricia Dunwell, and former Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment Brown.
It was established to implement plans and projects for the economic, social, educational, cultural and environmental development of Kingston and St Andrew, aimed at enhancing the quality of life of its people.
Among the projects to be undertaken by the foundation, are the establishment of a 'Skills Bank' with residents and members of the diaspora, who are willing to contribute to the development of the parishes and the setting up of a database of persons currently living in Kingston and St Andrew, and those who were once residents but now live in the diaspora. In addition, the foundation intends to implement community development projects and establish an education development fund to provide scholarships and grants for needy students in both parishes.
Chief executive officer of the foundation, George Watson, paid tribute to Kingston Bookshop and its chairman, Custos Steadman Fuller, for their sponsorship of start-up funds for the establishment of the foundation. He also thanked the CHASE Fund for its sponsorship of office equipment, and JN Bank for providing the office space.
One of the major projects of the foundation this year will be the hosting of an annual Kingston and St Andrew Homecoming Week celebration, with the inaugural event planned for December as a major part of the 'Jamaica 55' calendar.
According to Watson, the Homecoming Week is expected to provide national and international exposure of Jamaica's business capital and such outstanding offerings as its cuisine, music, art, sports and entertainment.
"We are pleased that the Kingston and St Andrew Homecoming Week 2017 has received the special designation of 'major endorsed event of Jamaica 55' and the distinction of being listed among the premier events to celebrate this significant anniversary in the life of our nation. We will also be collaborating and participating in the 145th anniversary of Kingston as a city," said Custos Fuller.
The event has been endorsed by the Government, through the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, who congratulated the founders of the foundation and initiators.
In addition, the mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams, said he was pleased that, for the first time, residents of Kingston and St Andrew, and those living in the diaspora, will have their own Homecoming Week.
The Homecoming Week activities will run over eight days, from Saturday, December 16 to Saturday, December 23, and will showcase the achievements of the people of the nation's capital.