The NCB Foundation announces that it has awarded $1 Million to the Pringle Home for Children in St. Mary, Jamaica.
The Pringle Home for Children has been in operation for more than seven decades, helping children who have come from situations in which they were abused and neglected. It is Jamaica’s oldest privately managed and owned home for children who come from challenging circumstances. Thanks to the dedication of the UCJCI (The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands), the home is able to provide assistance for orphaned and abandoned youngsters as well as street children. At the present time, almost 30 children are living in the home which is located in Carron Hall, St. Mary and most are doing well, with many excelling academically while also working on self-help projects that enable them to broaden their horizons and become self-sufficient.
The services that the Pringle Home offer include recreation, education, worship services and employment training. Thanks to the home’s participation in the Global Ministries Child Sponsorship Program, many of the children have sponsorship from Disciple and UCC child sponsors to support their activities. It is the Pringle Home’s mission to bring the children in their care as much of a normal life as possible, and the activities that they provide are designed to bring them joy and a respite from their challenging lives. Soccer, hopscotch, reading, music, hair braiding and jump roping are just some of the activities that are provided for this purpose.
Unfortunately, meeting the children’s basic needs is challenging for the Pringle Home, and there is a lack of available resources to provide for these recreational activities. New equipment, supplies and books are needed to help the children to enjoy themselves and play.
The generous donation from the NCB Foundation’s Grant A Wish campaign will greatly aid the work that the Pringle Home for Children is able to do amongst some of Jamaica’s most vulnerable children. Having seen at first hand the work that the organization does to build a better Jamaica, the NCB Foundation’s Chair was keen to help fulfil the Home’s wish and to make a positive impact on the lives that it touches. The $1 million donation will now be put to good use in supporting the children’s development, recreation and social well-being so that they can live happier lives and become part of a better Jamaica – something that the NCB Foundation is dedicated to promoting.
About NCB Foundation: N.C.B. Foundation was formalised in 2003 as the philanthropic arm of the country’s largest home-grown bank – National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited. “The N.C.B. Foundation embraces charitable causes that are relevant to the betterment of Jamaica and the development of our nation’s people”