Twenty-one persons from the North Leeward community of Rose Hall and five persons from outside that community were on Sunday 18th October, the recipients of assistance from the Kenville Horne Sports Academy (KHSA).
The assistance varied across a range of food, personal and household items, farming materials including fertilizer and seedlings, as well as finance.
It is estimated that the 26 persons who received assistance represented households that comprised well over a total of 100 persons.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the Rose Hall Community Centre, Founder/Director of the KHSA Kenville Horne explained that the donation was made possible through a grant of from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) COVID-19 Response Grants programme, which was set up to support young leaders who are offering critical services to their communities during this time.
The grant came, Horne said, after the KHSA’s application went through a rigorous process to ensure transparency and accountability.
“This was indeed a tremendous accomplishment and a validation of the work we are doing to improve the community,” he said.
The original intention was to assist 15 persons, but as it became evident that many more persons had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number simply had to be increased.
According to Horne, the Academy is not only committed to fight crime, prevent idleness and provide an avenue (sport) for growth and development of disadvantaged youth between the ages of 6 to 17.
It is, he added, also about assisting in tackling poverty, preventing health issues, ensuring food security, as well as about responding to immediate real needs.
The latter case, Horne shared, was borne out in assistance towards offsetting an electricity bill for a family.
And Horne was particularly pleased that the KHSA was able to purchase some of the items it donated from businesses in the community and surrounding areas, “in an effort to help the rural economy.”
A journalist by profession, Horne appealed to persons across St. Vincent and the Grenadines, “to take time out and help your communities in whatever little way you can. … . Once we have better communities we will have a better country.”
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