Rising from the ashes of the devastation was quite a feat, according the Tanya Wildish, member of the board of management for the Home.
“Today, we are witnessing a tapestry of Jamaican kindness. This reopening is a testament to all who have contributed in all ways great and small,” Wildish said in the ceremony.
But through the dedication of the management and staff; the commitment of the FFTP; the assistance of the surrounding children’s homes; and the kind contributions of members of the public and other organisations, the Home was rebuilt and reopened.
Increased accommodation for the girls is only one of the improvements at the Home; 32 wards can now be housed instead of the 24 who could be accomodated prior to the fire. The facilities also feature a sick bay and computer room with machines donated by former wards.
Long-standing Partners“We also acknowledge the kind sponsorship of the C.B. Facey Foundation, which facilitated the refurbishing of the North Building, housing the kitchen, dining room and laundry,” Wildish said.
She continued to say that this contribution is the latest of three generations of kindness from the CBFF and the Facey family. To show its appreciation, the North Building dining hall was named in honour of the Foundation.
Brittany Singh Williams, CBFF executive director, said “The Foundation and the Wortley Home have had a relationship for well over 30 years. In the time of their need, we sustained our support of the Home, as we have done for generations. We look forward to continuing to ensure the girls at Wortley live in comfort.”