Monday 16 September, 2019

Buju Banton gifts school supplies to boys’ home in Manchester

Patrick Newman, facility administrator at Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, hands a thank you letter to Rosemary Duncan, director at the Buju Banton Foundation, at a presentation ceremony last Saturday.

Patrick Newman, facility administrator at Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, hands a thank you letter to Rosemary Duncan, director at the Buju Banton Foundation, at a presentation ceremony last Saturday.

Reggae star Buju Banton is making good on his mission to assist destitute young men through his eponymous foundation.

On Saturday, August 31, the Buju Banton Foundation presented a huge supply of school stationery to residents at Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester. The facility, established 52 years ago, provides care and protection for 48 boys, ages 6-18.

In accepting the donation, facility administrator Patrick Newman expressed gratitude to the Buju Banton Foundation for its generous gesture.

“Your kindness has not gone unnoticed and we want to especially say how much this donation is to us as we plan towards our back to school for the new term,” Newman said.

Banton... said he knows what it's like to have big dreams and determination.

“It is unfortunate that we have children whose parents have failed in their responsibility to them. We at Mount Olivet Boys’ Home believe these boys have tremendous potential and if given the right environment, nurturing and love can fulfill their God given purpose in life,” he added, further expressing “sincere thanks to the Buju Banton Foundation and looking forward to future support, as we work together in making a difference in the development of our boys here at the Home.”

Rosemary Duncan, director at the Buju Banton Foundation, said the Foundation was looking forward to providing further assistance to Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, to help ensure the boys are equipped with resources necessary to become positive contributors to society.

Buju Banton launched the foundation in January of this year, less than a month after being released from prison in the United States, where he served time on drug charges.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, at the time of the launch said he knows what it's like to have big dreams and determination, and launched the foundation to implement programmes that will provide skills training, talent development, educational empowerment, and other sustainable assistance to youth in Jamaica.

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