A Letter From Rachael McDonald (A Friend of TrenchTown Reading Centre)
Earlier this year I was introduced to the TrenchTown Reading Centre, located on Lower First Street in TrenchTown. It is literally an oasis and functions as a community library, reading room and education centre. It remains, since it’s inception non-profit and there are no fees charged.
Recently the centre has faced many challenges; the most recent is that of closure. With electricity and water demands coupled with the escalating costs of supplies and materials the centre is struggling to remain open. The founder and director is a Canadian, Roslyn Ellison, who lives overseas and has done nearly everything almost completely out of her pocket. I admire her for not only falling in love with our country but for deciding to give and also maintain hope, care and resources that our Jamaican children are so badly in need of.
I now write to each of you with a small request. I ask that you think of ways in which you may help keep this beautiful centre up and running. Financial donations may not be necessary, but perhaps a pack of construction paper, paper towels, or even a gallon of bleach on a monthly basis.
It is true that we are all facing difficult economic challenges but as is written on the walls at TrenchTown Reading Centre “one one coco fill basket” and I still believe that regardless of political affiliation, if we all chip in and help in our own little ways then we give our children the best gift of all: hope. Please consider helping the TrenchTown Reading Centre.
A Friend of TrenchTown Reading Centre