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Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
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Food For The Poor donates building to Accompong Basic School

Published: Saturday | March 23, 2013 – Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
















Representatives of Food For The Poor, Grand Jamaica Homecoming 2012 Canada, Member of Parliament for North West St Elizabeth JC Hutchinson, and students of Accompong Basic School cut the ribbon to officially open the newly constructed facility on Wednesday. -PHOTO BY LAUNTIA CUFF


ACCOMPONG, St. Elizabeth:STUDENTS OF Accompong Basic School benefited from a new school building, courtesy of Food For The Poor Jamaica, through a partnership with Food For The Poor Canada, Grand Jamaica Homecoming 2012, and the Raymond Chang Foundation.

The building was officially opened on Wednesday.

Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food For The Poor Jamaica, said the new building, which was constructed to house the 37 students now registered at the school, has three classrooms, which can be divided to form additional classrooms, and can accommodate up to 100 students. Read more…


Memory of Jeffrey Town All Age School


There was a time when the burnt rice at the bottom of the pot on Sundays was the most sought after portion of the meal. Today, scraping the “bun bun” as it was called would be frowned upon. There was a time when pleasure was taken in roasting a few dried coffee beans, to savour the aroma and then beat those few beans in the homemade wooden mortar.

Today, we line up at coffee shops for cappuccinos, lattes and brews from countries most of us will never see.  At this stage in my life and 38 years after leaving Jeffrey Town, St. Mary, the most interesting memory of the school I once attended is that of eating bulgur. A nutritious lunch served with some chicken that cost about three pence in those days. Now, I am plagued with tales of children going to school without breakfast. Lunch programs are now the norm because a hungry child cannot concentrate in the classroom.

Those who cared for me as a child, took pride in ensuring that we had something to eat before heading to school and that some form of lunch was available to eat. In one generation the memory I have is just that, “a memory”.

by Patrick Buchanan

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