The Usain Bolt Foundation has donated supplies valued at $2.2 million to 21 rural basic schools across Jamaica.
Bolt selected early childhood institutions (ECIs) from the parishes of Trelawny, St Ann, St James, St Elizabeth and Clarendon and supplied them with one laserjet printer with four print cartridges and five reams of paper, one hand washing station, one thermometer, one storage bin for learning resources, and one step-on/non-touch garbage bin.
According to Winsome Wilkins, chairman of the Usain Bolt Foundation some 1,250 children are set to benefit as the resources will better enable the teachers of the schools to meet the learning needs of children while they are at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a video uploaded on Friday, Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt noted that these were difficult times for children in the country’s rural areas, so his foundation wanted to help them in any possible way.
“I just want to say to the young kids that I know it’s hard but continue working hard, continue pushing and remember that anything is possible, don’t think limits,” he said.