The Digicel Foundation has partnered with Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) to enhance the welfare and quality of life of persons with disabilities in Jamaica. On Wednesday, March 26th, the Foundation officially opened a multi-functional centre – Care Plus Centre of Excellence- at the Jacob’s Ladder community in Moneague, St. Ann. This facility will expand the scope of skills training courses currently being done with the residents of MSC. “The vision of Digicel Foundation augurs well for the lives of persons living in the Special Needs Communities,” remarked Darcy Tulloch-Williams, Executive Director of Mustard Seed Communities. “This Centre will indeed bring out “Excellence’ in the lives of these individuals who are affected by varying physical and developmental challenges. We are extremely grateful for this partnership as it will allow us to move beyond offering simply room and board, and giving them industry. This will undoubtedly build their self-esteem and enable them to become more educated.” The Jacob’s Ladder community is currently the only facility of its kind in Jamaica, catering to the needs of 70 adults with Special Needs. The Care Plus facility, valued at 17 million JMD, will enhance the capacity of MSC to care for residents by augmenting the skills training curriculum in the areas of culinary skills, art and craft, information technology and occupational physiotherapy. Additionally, the Centre will provide a facility to host awareness forums and workshops for families in the surrounding areas that require experience and training in dealing with persons who are differently abled. Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation, further reiterated the Foundation’s commitment to the Special Needs sector in Jamaica. She said, “The work of the Mustard Seed Communities reflects the conviction of the Digicel Foundation that the opportunities for those in our society that are differently abled should not be limited due to lack of resources or adequate training for their caregivers. So we are pleased to partner with them for the building of this facility and will remain committed through our Centres of Excellence programme to provide the highest quality resources that will enable our Special Needs community to thrive.” The Care Plus Centre is a part of the Digicel Foundation’s larger “Centres of Excellence Programme”, geared at increasing the capacity of Special Needs schools in Jamaica. As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations, the Foundation will be opening 10 Centres of Excellence this year.