Thursday, March 7, 2013

Future philanthropists help basic school

Christina Lechler (stooping right, front row) and members of the The Kind Hearts team at the opening of the D. Frank's Early-Childhood Institute in Greenvale, Manchester, last summer. - Contributed
Kind Hearts Limited, a non-profit organisation run by young adults, has set its sights on its latest project. Dedicated to giving back to communities within Jamaica, the organisation was started in 2009 with the building of two homes for two needy families in St James. Most recently, the young group got heavily involved with fundraising and the construction of a school in Greenvale, Manchester, in association with Food For The Poor.
After a recent visit to Lluidas Vale, St Catherine, Christina Lechler, the organisation's director, was compelled to assist the students she saw who are currently learning in a cramped room on church grounds. "I visited the community with Hugh Graham, councillor for the Lludias Vale area. He showed me the distinct needs of the community and following the visit, I knew immediately what Kind Hearts next project would be," the young philanthropist told The Gleaner.
The Top Hill Basic School currently serves approximately eight children from the community, but the school directors believe that a new school in better condition and in a more central area would attract some 25 students. Christina added, "The ceiling is water damaged and falling apart. It is too small to comfortably house a classroom environment. It is our hope that if we give these children a better learning environment, they can give back to their own community in immeasurable ways."
As part of its fundraising efforts, Kind Hearts has started the "Party for A Cause" series at the Fiction Nightclub in St Andrew. "The charity's first event was held three weeks ago. We realised our peers are patronising these establishments each weekend, so why not put some of that money towards a great cause?"
Christina Lechler is the daughter of Jacqueline and James Lechler of the Stewart's Automotive Group. To learn more about Kind Hearts visit them on facebook:

I should say the blond young man at front is James Lechler Jr - who was in my Sunday School  First Communion class - lovely fellow!  (Jean L-C)

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