Jamaica News, Westmoreland: American Couple Donates – Dozens of community members, which includes children journeyed to the Belmont Basic School, located in Blacks Bay community in Belmont, Westmoreland, on Tuesday, January 15, for the historical opening of the newly paved roadway, which stretches over half of a mile from the Belmont main road, into the heart of their community.
This moment was very special for each and everyone in Blacks Bay, who are now giving praises to Robert and Chelsea Pearson, the American couple who made the roadway possible by donating US$50,000 for its construction.
The couple told reporters that they came to Jamaica on their vacation a few years ago and immediately they got drawn to the community of Belmont, and the residents of Blacks Bay.
The generous couple further stated that they saw that the area was in need of upliftment and they pledged to assist in any way they could. They were then contacted by the President Of the Bluefields Environmental and Protection Association, about the project of constructing this piece of roadway which leads directly to the Bluefields Basic School, and that was when they decided to pledge cash amounting to US$50,000.
The Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Luthur Buchanan, was one of the patrons at the presentation of the roadway. Mr. Buchanan commended the couple and told members of the media that this was a very joyful moment especially for the school community.
Our news team also caught up with Mrs Joy Baker, community member and principal of the Bluefields Basic School, who stated that this newly paved roadway which was made possible by the Pearsons, will not only serve the community well, but is also a touch of magic for the students attending her school.
Other residents of Blacks Bay told our new team that, the stretch of road had been in a deplorable condition over the past years.
According to the overjoyed residents, especially when it rains it generates a lot of mud, and they are forced to resort to wearing water boots, and the less fortunate would have to tie plastic bags around their shoes to travel over half a mile.
Councillor for the Bluefields Division, Valence Gifford, also shared in the moment and specially thanked Robert and Chelsea Pearson for what he says is a multi-million upgrading to his Division.