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New Ground to be Broken for Apartment Complex for Young Women Leaving State Care.

For Release Upon Receipt - November 17, 2015

St. Augustine

Kingston, Jamaica:   A special ceremony will be held at 24 Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston this Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to break ground for the construction of a an independent living apartment complex for girls who will be leaving state care.This project is part of a multi-agency ‘Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care’ project in Jamaica,  which supports citizen safety and security.  

The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, and is being implemented through the collaborative efforts of the Caribbean Child Development Centre, The University of the West Indies Open Campus, the Child Development Agency, the Social Welfare Training Centre and the UWI Project Management Office.   

The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, ON, MP and Mr. Luis G. Moreno, US Ambassador to Jamaica will be in attendance to symbolically break ground for the complex.  Also expected will be the Hon. Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth and Culture, Dr. Luz Longsworth, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal (Ag.) of The UWI Open Campus, Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey, CEO of the Child Development Agency and Ms. Denise A. Herbol, Mission Director USAID/Jamaica. Professor Julie Meeks,  Principal Investigator for the project and the Deputy Principal of The UWI Open Campus, will chair the event.



About The UWI


Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a fully-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)