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Oct 22, 2008 - History of the St. John Bosco Home for Boys

HISTORY OF THE ST. JOHN BOSCO HOME In the latter part of 1958 a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor enabled the Sisters of Mercy to purchase a 32-acre property in the country district of Hatfield, Manchester in Jamaica. The sum donated was sufficient not only to purchase the land, but also to begin a building to house the school. This facility was designed to offer residential care for a maximum of 70 boys between the ages of 7-14. The St. John Bosco Approved School was blessed and officially opened on January 31, 1960. The...

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Oct 22, 2008 - St. Elizabeth parish with the Black River and Bamboo Avenue

THE BLACK RIVER We travelled along the Black River many times in our travels as we were coming and going. The terrain and vegetation made for a spell-binding journey. This is the river habitat for crocodiles but that's not a critter we saw. The Black River is Jamaica's longest river. Its name refers to the darkness of the river bed that has been lined with thick layers of decomposing vegetation. It begins as an underground stream in the Cockpit Country and emerges north of Siloah on the southern border of the Cockpits. At Maggotty, the...

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Oct 20, 2008 - Visiting the Hope Home for Children on National Heroes Day

Our Lady of Hope Children’s Home is located in Black River, also on the South Coast, and is directed by Fr. Roland Dessine. Five salaried Jamaican women, three Assumption Sisters of Nairobi and a lay missionary from the British Overseas Volunteer Service currently staff the Home. It opened and received its government certification in early 1997. They have thirty-two children presently, all less than 11 years old. The Home accepts children of all ages and cares for them until they are eighteen years old. There are many Children’s Homes on...

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Oct 20, 2008 - Hope Home for Children - the painting project

Today's project, while visiting the kids in the orphanage, is to paint the outside of several buildings on the grounds. We need to supply the exterior paint and the elbow grease. The buildings will receive a fresh coat of cream-coloured paint and all the trim will be burgundy. The buildings are in disarray and there's no way the orphange can afford to buy paint or to contract a work crew of painters. So, that's the service the team will provide today. LORD, LET US FOLLOW YOUR EXAMPLE. HELP US TO SERVE OTHERS. The painters are Bob, Elise,...

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