Japan through it’s Embassy in Kingston has donated millions of dollars to various government projects, outreach programs and charitable organization in Jamaica over the years and Jamaica and Japan enjoy very close diplomatic relations. The latest project to be undertaken by the Embassy of Japan is the donation of JA$3.5 million to the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston to assist with the upgrading and renovation of sections of the nearly 100-year-old childcare facility.
Maxfield Park is the oldest co-ed childcare facility in Jamaica. It serves as a permanent dwelling for many children who have been abandoned or otherwise made homeless. Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Obata and acting manager of the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, Stacy-Ann Nelson, signed the grant contract during a ceremony at the facility.
Dr Grace Allen-Young, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, said she sincerely appreciated the embassy’s strong interest in Jamaica’s children and said the grant would help to improve living conditions at the home. The funds will be used to refurbish the bathrooms and sections of the kitchen, as well as Jeliffe House, which is home to 25 babies. A portion of the grant has also been earmarked for the purchase of bunk beds and cribs. It is expected that renovation of the home will begin in May this year.