Bustamante Hospital-Learning And Activity Room Outfitted

Kingston, Jamaica (JIS)- Bustamante Hospital- Learning And Activity Room Outfitted: The Bustamante Hospital for Children’s Learning and Activity room has been outfitted as a state-of-the-art learning centre with the donation of several computers and accessories through the Governor-General’s ‘I Believe’ initiative.

The handover ceremony for the equipment was held on October 17 at the hospital’s Arthur Wint Drive address in Kingston.

The donation, which was made by the United States-based charity, Friends of Jamaica Seattle, included several computers, preloaded with software; flat-screen monitors, keyboards, surge protectors and printers.

An air-conditioning unit was also donated and installed by Appliance Traders Limited (ATL). Expanded Wi-Fi service to facilitate Internet access in the learning centre is being provided free of cost to the hospital by local telecommunications company, Flow Jamaica. An additional eight desktop computers are to be delivered to the institution soon.

The Learning and Activity Centre was reopened in 2012, following extensive renovation by the Scotia Bank Foundation and Restaurants of Jamaica Limited.

In her address at the ceremony, patron of the hospital, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen, thanked the charity and sponsors for their generous donation.

Pointing out that convalescence can sometimes take many months, Lady Allen said the initiative will assist in improved quality of life for the young patients during their recovery while ensuring that they do not fall behind in their studies.

“From kindergarten up to grade six, if a student is here on a long-term basis, that student is not missing out on the regular curriculum of the school. We incorporate what we do here into the ‘I Believe’ initiative, because we believe in our children and our country. Our children need nurturing, and we have to give them the tools to be successful,” she said.

Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer at the hospital, Dr. Michelle-Ann Richards- Dawson, said some of the children have to be at the hospital for months, and the centre would help to cater to their early education.

“We thank you for this generous gift, because we believe that what we do here sets the foundation for many children when they return home. So, while they are away from school it is important that they continue their education, and it is also part of the healing process that they feel positive about themselves,” she said.

Other stakeholders in the initiative are the Ministry of Health and the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).

Friends of Jamaica is a non-profit organisation based in Seattle, Washington, that aims to empower youth through technology.

‘I Believe’ is an initiative under the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence.

Please send us your Feedback, News Item, Photos and/or Videos to our WhatsApp Number 1-876-353-1389 or Email [email protected]
- Subscribe to our Youtube channel
- Like us on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter
- Follow us on Instagram

Recently Published

Remains found buried under concrete identified as man missing since 2015

Teenager Murdered in Kingston West

Jamaica Crime News, Kingston: 17-year-old Daniel Davis of Drummond Street in Kingston 14, was shot and killed, and two other men shot and injured, during a shooting incident which occurred along Wellington Street, in Kingston on Monday, April 21. Reports by the Kingston West police are that shortly after 8:40 p.m., Davis and the two […]


One Dead, Four Injured in St James Crash

Jamaica News, St James: An unidentified man lost his life, and four other persons admitted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in serious but stable condition, following their involvements in a motor vehicle accident which occurred along a section of the ACS Combs Highway in Montego Bay, St James on Tuesday morning, April 23. Reports by […]

Constable Clive Wedderburn

Police Officer Killed in May Pen Crash

Jamaica News, Clarendon: A police Constable who is attached to the Clarendon Police Division lost his life in a motor vehicle accident which occurred along May Pen leg at a section of the PJ Patterson Highway, in Clarendon on Tuesday morning, April 23. Dead is Constable Clive Wedderburn of New Harbor Village, Phase 11, in […]

Minister JC Hutchinson

Jamaica Local Ganja Farmers to Benefit from Agricultural Ministry 

Jamaica News: Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, J. C. Hutchinson, has announced that before the ending of the year, local ganja farmers in Jamaica will start to benefit from the Agriculture Ministry, through the cannabis market. Mr. Hutchinson who was speaking at the 38th staging of the Montpelier Agricultural Show […]

Bishop Conrad Pitkin

St James Custos Calls for Measures to be Put in Place to Fight Crime

Jamaica Crime News, St James: Bishop Conrad Pitkin, the custos rotulorum of St. James, is calling for measures to be put in place to effectively fight crime, which he says has now become a major concern. The Custos who was speaking at the 38th staging of the Montpelier Agricultural Show, which was held at the […]

Scroll to Top