An additional 15 disabled children abandoned in hospitals around Jamaica are to be accommodated by Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) on the request of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA). This brings to 480 the number of children under the care of Mustard Seed Communities in 13 homes across the island.
Trinidad-born Fr Garvin Augustine, executive director of Mustard Seed Communities International, made the announcement during the presentation of a cheque for JA$7.5 million by the planning committee of the annual Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity show. The amount represents all proceeds from this year’s staging of the annual event.
According to Jamaica Gleaner Fr Augustine said the contribution was timely and would help to support the “newest members of the family” of Mustard Seed Communities, aged five to 10.
“We have made the commitment to help these children, and these funds will go a far way in making this a reality. Our children are motherless and fatherless, and as their parents, we have to take care of all their needs,” Fr Augustine said.
Speaking at the handover function, Cordel Green, chairman of the planning committee of the Powerful Women & Men event, said that over the past 18 years, the concert had made more than JA$80 million for the MSC. Those funds have gone towards the wards’ care, food, clothing, medication, education and therapy.