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The Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights is a small service club of 25 members comprised of mainly young professionals between the ages of 30 and 40.
In keeping with the Rotary International’s areas of focus, the club seeks to foster economic and community development to improve the status and well-being of people who are marginalised and vulnerable. To this end, the Club has partnered with the Jamaica Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (JAPPD), a registered organisation, to provide a group of physically disabled people with an industrial sewing machine to assist in their ongoing enterprise.
Unemployment among the disabled is severe in Jamaica, with less than one percent of the population employed according to the World Bank. Related to their high level of unemployment and underemployment, is their level of academic underachievement, which is a consequence of poor access to schools; stigma and discrimination.
Chartered in 2016, the JAPPD is based at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew. The Association has been seeking to resurrect a once vibrant sewing workshop located at the facility, which once provided employment for physically disabled persons living at the Centre and the neighbouring Cheshire Village in Elletson Flats.
The sewing workshop, which in its heyday produced medical garment for The University Hospital of the West Indies; the Jamaican Flag and craft items, went into decline following the death of Professor Sir John Golding in 1996. The facility currently only barely operates from the dilapidated structure.
Since 2017, the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights has been assisting the JAPPD to bring the facility back into production. To date the service club has:
- Donated a printer to the facility to assist with establishing an administrative office
- Provided internet to the facility with the assistance from the Universal Access Fund
- Conducted a thorough clean-up of the facility
- Conducted repairs to the floor, windows and roof to improve the physical state and ergonomics of the facility
However, to get the facility into production, an industrial sewing machine is needed. To assist, we seek your partnership to raise US$1000 to purchase a machine.