From left: Dr David Lowe, chief revenue officer and head of marketing and sales, CPJ; Mark Hart, executive chairman, CPJ; are captivated by a child being held by Maxine Anderson James, nurse’s aid, Glenhope Children’s Home; as Morvetia Hunter, acting regional director, Child Development Agency South East Division; looks on during last Thursday’s CPJ adoption of Glenhope Children’s Home.
He is only three weeks old and already has a difficult life. Breathing is a challenge for the little boy sleeping in his bed at Glenhope Children’s Home in Maxfield Park. He has chest problems. His mother couldn’t take care of him so she took up the offer of the nursery to leave him with them.
The baby is one of 44 children in the facility. All aged between 0 and eight, some of them have disorders and need special medication. Taking care of these abandoned children is costly.
But there is hope now that Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) has adopted the home.
“People who work here have passion about what they are doing and the children look well cared for; you can see it in their eyes”, Mark Hart, executive chairman of CPJ told The Gleaner at last Thursday’s announcement. “We are very happy to assist in what they are trying to do.”
Among the list of priorities for the home is the desire for a school. “We would love to see our school up and running”, Maxine Smith, manager of the home stated. We already have a building but we still need bathrooms for teachers and the railings are incomplete”, Smith said. Additionally, ramp access is needed for the little ones in wheelchairs.