February 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm
“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” said Pastor Leon Wellington, President of Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Inc. at the dedication of the “Hemsley Johnson House” in Four Paths, Clarendon, Jamaica on Sunday February 24, 2013. The house was named after the donor, Mr. Hemsley Johnson who gave five acres of land with a five-bedroom house, which was renovated and is now ready for occupancy. This is the first house in the “Alta Vista Children’s Village” that will commence operations as soon as all legal requirements are fulfilled and staff is trained.
The dedication was attended by scores of church members; friends and public officials who spoke glowingly of the need for such a facility, the difference it will make, and their commitment to seeing the project succeed.
Bringing greetings were Pastor Levi Johnson, president of Central Jamaica Conference, Pastor Everett Brown, President of Jamaica Union, Dr. Grace Kelly, Director of Counseling Services of Northern Caribbean University, Dr. Marston Thomas, President of ASI Inter America and chairman of EFCCJ, and Mr. Wesley Moss who presented a message on behalf of Custos William Shagoury, for the parish of Clarendon. One of the highlights of the evening was the music presented by children from the Willowdene Group of Schools in Spanish Town.
A message of greetings from the President of the Canadian Chapter of Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Canada, Pauline Christian was read to the audience by Pastor Wellington
Mr. Richard Fleck, President of International Children’s Care Inc., delivered the main address in which he shared several success stories of individuals who have passed through their homes and are serving in many professions in society. International Children’s Care Inc., is a private charitable foundation which operates 17 Children’s villages in countries such as Colombia, Dominican Republic, Congo, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala etc., and is partnering with Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Inc., to operate the Alta Vista Children’s Village.
Following the address by our special guest, the ribbon to the Hemsley Johnson House was cut by Mrs. Sharon Fleck, Children’s Services Director of International Children’s Care Inc. from Vancouver, Washington State, in U S A.
The dedicatory prayer was offered by Pastor James Daniel, Stewardship Director of the Inter American Division of S D A in Miami, Florida.
The Central Jamaica Conference, Jamaica Union, individuals and organizations have pledged their full support to the Village