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PetroCaribe staff brings Christmas joy to St Thomas school

Press Releases — December 20, 2017

It was smiles, laughter and fun galore at Bethesda Primary School in St Thomas where the staff of the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) joined the school’s staff and students for their annual outreach and Christmas Treat on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

The activities were different this year in comparison to previous years, as responding to a request from the staff and students of the institution, the children received gifts of a wide assortment of toys instead the usual books and school bags at Christmas time.

This year’s yuletide get-together was the latest activity in deepening the relationship between the PCDF and the school, located at Llandewey in the hills of Western St Thomas.
Members of the PetroCaribe team led by CEO Dr. Wesley Hughes enjoyed themselves bonding with the teachers and students of school. They were thoroughly entertained at a concert and added to the fun with their own singing and dancing.

PetroCaribe’s relationship with Bethesda Primary began in 2012 when the school became a recipient of the Schools’ Sanitation Project, funded by the PCDF. Under this project, dozens of educational institutions in rural Jamaica have replaced pit latrines with modern toilet facilities.

Since then, the PetroCaribe Team has regularly visited Bethesda, providing books and other educational materials, a multi-media projector and screen, and even provided the institution with a face lift by painting the classrooms there.

“The staff of the PCDF look forward to this annual event to share with students and teachers as part of our expression of social responsibility”, stated Dr. Wesley Hughes, CEO, PetroCaribe Development Fund.

“It was an exciting day. The programme was wonderful and the students were elated and really enjoyed themselves. The students and the teachers all received gifts. PetroCaribe continues to invest in our lives and we are very grateful”, noted Verona Barrett-Brown, Principal of Bethesda Primary.

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