More than 100 Jamaican students recently received donated personal protective items to keep them safe from COVID-19 as they returned to school, as well as book vouchers to help defray the costs of school supplies for parents economically impacted by the pandemic.
AHF’s Dr. Kevin Harvey looks on as Penwood High School Principal Donna McLaren tests out the donated hand sanitizer.
Book vouchers totaling more than $4,000 were distributed to primary, middle and high school students in need, along with 500 protective items that included reusable face masks, scented hand sanitizers and information cards outlining easy-to-follow proper sanitization measures.
“Every donation, everything counts, especially in these challenging times where parents have to finance so many things,” said Dr. King-Locke Finley, Principal at Coburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School. “It is really great to be a part of this and to have the donation to assist the children and parents.”
“We’re typically able to provide medical check-ups and immunizations to students through our ‘Back to School Medical’ outreach initiative, but the pandemic has forced us to establish new and practical ways of engaging the community,” added Dr. Kevin Harvey, AHF’s Caribbean Regional Director. “This donation event was important because it reinforces COVID-19 prevention measures while also providing some monetary assistance that will help keep the children in school.”
The donations of vouchers and protective items are part of AHF’s larger “No Time to Lose” campaign that is working to unify countries across Latin America and the Caribbean in their pandemic relief efforts and preserve the gains made fighting HIV/AIDS.