FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 2018: PORT OF SPAIN – An Organic Garden was one of the many goals of the management and staff of Amica House for the children who reside at the Home.
This became a reality on December 7, when the Home officially launched its own pesticide-free garden for the children to learn and fully appreciate what is involved in growing plants, and enjoy the food they have cultivated.
This project was achieved after Amica House submitted its application to Digicel Foundation earlier this year, and was selected to receive funding under the Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) Programme. With a cheque to the sum of US$5,000 in hand, the Home then purchased outdoor garden tools and equipment, top soil and compost to create the garden.
The Home’s application also included the refurbishment of its Children’s Play Park. Part of the funds received went toward the purchase of play park equipment for the youngsters to play, have fun and engage in physical activity.
On speaking at the launch event, Genevieve Codrington Vincent, Board Member at Amica House thanked the Digicel Foundation for “working with them to realize their goal to help the children appreciate the environment through organic agriculture and even play.” Manager of the Home, Sister Jude Marie Aird stated, “The Foundation brought much joy to the children who were all eager to plant, harvest and eat the pak choi, melongene, lettuce, tomatoes, chive, rosemary, basil, pepper.”
Amica House caters for children who are either orphaned, abandoned or victims of abuse.
The Foundation is always open to partnerships with groups such as the Amica House that seeks to provide a loving and caring environment where the children can grow and develop.