Help Rebuild Wortley Home For Girls

UPDATED AUG 28th, 2017 8:26AM
This Campaign has been ended by Jenaae Jackson.
An update on delivery of funds coming later this week. 

Hello, I am Jenaae Jackson, from Kingston, Jamaica. This year, I will be a finalist in the Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 Pageant. I am proudly sponsored by Lawe Insurance Brokers Limited.

Established in 1918, The Wortley Home for Girls provides a place of safety and solace for young women between the ages of 7 and 18 in the parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica. 

The home serves at risk girls, including orphans, victims of abuse, and those whose family members are financially unable to care for them.

In June of 2015, fire ragged and ravaged through the near century-old building housing the 19 girls, destroying the entire structure. Fortunately, no one was harmed. 

In a split second, The Wortley Home girls went from living in a stable structure, to being homeless. 

Photo Courtesy of Jamaica Gleaner

Delate Howell, a resident of the home, attests that when the home went up in flames, it was a huge loss. Howell, who matriculated for the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, will be starting her third year come September.

Howell proclaims that despite not knowing her parents and encountering challenging circumstances, the home provided a safe haven for her to flourish and do well.

Since the devastating fire, the girls have been relocated to the premises of the SOS Children's Village while reconstruction is under way. 

With the assistance of Food For The Poor, the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, SOS Children's Village and other generous contributors, the organization has been able to rebuild much of the structure and plan to reopen later this year.

Photo courtesy of Jamaica Observer

I had the privilege recently of meeting and speaking with Chairman of The Wortley Home, Mr. Keith Sangster.  Mr. Sangster admitted that even with all the generous contributions received which they are very grateful for, they are still in need of many essentials for the girls. 

Additionally, house mother Ms. Delores Bailey agreed that the girls could also really benefit from, and are extremely appreciative for opportunities to be exposed to ideas and learn new things.

Thus, Project Rebuild/Revitalize was born. 

Project Rebuild/Revitalize, is an initiative spearheaded by Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 Finalist, Jenaae Jackson to help rebuild The Wortley Home and revitalize the spirits of the residents.

This project is comprised of two  main aspects 

1. Raise as much funds as possible, which will go towards the restoration of The Worley Home. The funds raised during this iniciative will go directly towards the  rebuilding, furnishing, and making a home of the premises. The girls are due to start school following summer holiday on September 2017. The funds will also be going towards providing school supplies, and uniforms for these young ladies. As creator of this campaign, funds will be withdrawn by me and presented directly to Chairman of The Wortley Home, Mr Keith Sangster. Additionally, a press release of the fund being delivered to the home, including photos will be published. 

2. Personal Development Workshop . In this workshop I will be working with the girls, and teaching them some fundamental personal development skills, such as etiquette, public speaking, and interviewing. I believe these essential lessons will be beneficial to the girls now and for years to come.

Jenaae Jackson, Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 Finalist

I invite everyone to join me in my efforts to help rebuild and revitalize the home and spirits of The Wortley Home. Any contribution, will be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you so much in advance for your support.


Information Sources

Jamaica Gleaner 
Jamaica Observer

Specical thanks to:
Mr. Keith Sangster, House Chairman
Ms. Delores Bailey, House Mother

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