St. Andrew Settlement

St. Andrew Settlement

St. Andrew Settlement

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BACKGROUND

The St. Andrew Settlement (SAS) was founded in 1965 by the Anglican Diocese in Jamaica as an outreach project of the St. Andrew Parish Church. The main objective of SAS is to aid the development of the Majesty Gardens community through spiritual and social activities including education, skills training, health care, youth development and environment awareness so they can build a healthy and productive community. The Community Center is also the registered shelter for the community during times of disaster.

Majesty Gardens is located off the Spanish Town Road, west of the Hagley Park Road round-about, nestled between the D.C. Tavares Market and the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) and houses over 4,000 residents, 1,500 of whom are children. The community is characterized as having a high population density, with the majority of its population living below the poverty line. The SAS also serves the adjoining communities of Hunts Bay and Payne Avenue. The SAS houses a Community Centre, along with a Mission House, Medical Centre, a Dental Clinic, and two early childhood educational Facilities.

In 2005 SAS received the Gleaner Company "Man of the Year Award" for its work and contribution to the development of Majesty Gardens and in 2015 SAS celebrated its 50th anniversary supporting the growth of the Majesty Gardens community.


MANAGEMENT BOARD

The governance structure of The Settlement provides for management oversight by a Management Board which includes volunteers from the St. Andrew Parish Church, The Rector and a representative from the community. They meet on a monthly basis to review policy and the finances of SAS and set and approve the annual strategic objectives and programmes for SAS.

The 2016 Board Members are:

Rev. Canon Major Sirrano Kitson - Rector
Greta Bogues - Chairman
Tricia Jackson- Secretary
Desland McKenzie - Treasurer
VACANT- Executive Director, SAS
Elesia Blackburn
Janet Shaw
Lisa Campbell
Nicki Franklin
Janna Patel
Diane Tomlinson-Smith
Rohan Scott


ADMINISTRATION AND STAFFING

The St. Andrew Settlement's day to day operational activities is managed by an Executive Director, who along with 2 Principals, a Social Worker, Nurse and 10 other full-time staff members provide services for the community.

Address
St. Andrew Settlement
Majesty Gardens
P.O. Box 152
Kingston 11
Phone Number: (876) 923-9162; 901-3242
Email address: saintandrewsettlement@gmail.com
Web Site: www.StAndrewParishChurch.com

St. Andrew Parish Church
Hagley Park Road,
Kingston 10
Phone Number: (876) 926-6692 / 923-9162
Email address: standrewch@cwjamaica.com
Web Site: www.StAndrewParishChurch.com


OUR WORK

The St. Andrew Settlement offers a wide variety of services which provide direct benefit to the residents of Majesty Gardens. The key objective of our programmes is to educate, challenge and plant seeds of transformation and spiritual development in the hearts and minds of members of the community. These services and programmes are broken down into four (4) categories:

Education
Health Care
Community Development
Spiritual


HEALTH CARE

An active community health programme is one of the major projects offered to members of the community. On a monthly basis over 400 residents are seen by the doctors and/or dentist who are mostly members of the congregation of St Andrew Parish Church who volunteer their time.

Medical Care: Four medical doctors freely voluntary their time and service to the community using our Health Center. Basic medication is also provided to patients as directed by the doctors and a part-time pharmacist provides volunteer service. We also provide family planning services and community visits as required. The Health Centre continues to be one of the services most used by the community.

Dental Clinic: After a long hiatus the clinic commenced operations in March 2012 with a dentist and a dental nurse. They provide service for both adults and children and approximately 40 persons use this service on a monthly basis. The primary services sought are extractions, cleaning and dentures.


EDUCATION

The Majesty Gardens Basic School was established in 1954. However, in January 2015 as we sought to enhance the educational experience, working along with the Ministry of Education the Majesty Gardens Infant School was established. At the same time to ensure continuing education for the younger children the SAS established the Majesty Gardens Learning Center. Both schools are managed by a Board and each has a separate Principal who along with full-time teachers have responsibility for the teaching and daily operations of the school. Between both schools we have approximately 120 students.

Majesty Gardens Infant School: The Infant School which is monitored by the Ministry of Education caters to students between the ages of 3 to 6 years old and as at 2016 has approximately 80 students on roll.

Majesty Gardens Learning Center: The Learning Center which is a feeder center for the Infant School provides an important foundation for lifelong learning by engaging the children from an early age in a structured early education programme approved by the Early Childhood Commission. The students who attend the Learning Center are between the ages of 2 and 3 years old and as at 2016 the Center has approximately 35 children on roll.

Vocational Training: Several initiatives including a woodwork shop exist to afford young people the opportunity to develop skills that can provide them a greater prospect of finding employment or establishing their own business.

Home Work Programme: Through our Partner, Grace Kennedy Staff Foundtaion we also offer a mentoring and home work programme for children of the community 4 evenings a week.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Seniors Feeding Programme: As part of our ministry, we provide along with the National Council for Senior Citizens and other Partners, services for the elderly in the community through the provision of daily meals, medical support and recreational activities. We have approximately 42 senior citizens that are a part of this programme.

Youth Club: This initiative provides a good medium for positively impacting the lives of young people. They are involved in various youth activities hosted at the community center, and participate in our annual Christian summer camp.

Jamaica Library Service: A branch of the Kingston & St. Andrew Parish library Service is also located within our community center and they provide computer and access to a variety of reading materials for the community members.


SPIRITUAL

Sunday Service: Weekly church services are held in the St. Thomas Mission House for members of the community. This provides an avenue for us to minister to persons in the community while building their own spiritual commitment. Approximately 25-40 community members attend service weekly.

Sunday School: Every Sunday during service Sunday School is held and directed by volunteers from St. Andrew Parish Church. Children attend and learn the various moral and spiritual lessons of the bible in a fun learning environment.

Counseling: This provides an avenue for persons to share their various emotional and spiritual challenges, and receive guidance on how to overcome them.

Bible Study: Every Monday evening a very active prayer group which consists of members of the community attends bible study classes. These classes are conducted by the Curate of St. Andrew Parish Church.

Majesty Magic: This is a programme for young persons to develop music, performance arts and other spiritual development skills. Every Monday young people from the community join mentors from SAPC to participate in these activities which helps to build character, discipline and a positive attitude.



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