A new recycling project is about to be launched at the Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre.
The Help Our People Earn (H.O.P.E), project is the brainchild of final year undergraduate social work student of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Dionne Watson who is in the process of completing her internship at the Jemmott’s Lane facility.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Watson added that as the students became capable of taking on the role of micro businesspersons, 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 institution.
“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,” the social work student said.
With the help of parents and staff, the H.O.P.E. project will launch at the Centre’s Workshop on Saturday morning, then within the communities of the students who attend the Centre.