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Hope and fun for Children in vulnerable situations


Hope and fun for Children in vulnerable situations

Children aged 3 to 17 years old will continue to benefit from the Hope Zoo’s innovative educational initiative because of a grant from the PetroCaribe Development Fund.

The initiative provides a therapeutic fun day for children from poor communities, children in state care and foster homes, and youngsters with special needs. The participants learn how to interact with the animals, their environment and peers with respect and care, while enjoying an exciting day out.

The PetroCaribe Development Fund through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has provided $20 million Jamaican dollars in funding for the latest phase of the programme.  The total amount injected by the PDF into the Hope Zoo project is over $40 million.

Children line up for “mountain” climbing at Hope Zoo.

“Any project that allows at-risk, inner-city youth and the most vulnerable individuals to leave their traumatized environment to a safe and wholesome space and grants access to rehabilitative therapies at a low or no cost – in some instances, is a worthwhile initiative that’s deserving of our support,”  said Dr. Wesley Hughes, CEO of PetroCaribe Development Fund.

He added that supporting the development of the poorest segment of the population and caring for the environment are key aspects of the Fund’s mandate.

“The synergy between the PetroCaribe Development Fund and the Hope Zoo is good for the development of our children and environment,”Dr. Hughes said. He was speaking at Hope Zoo on February 4, 2017 during Foster Care week.

The initiative is managed by The Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation in partnership with the PetroCaribe Development Fund, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Child Development Agency (CDA) to deliver the programme.