Children with HIV/AIDS displaced by fire in Kingston, Jamaica

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 18, 2009) —A fire gutted a two-story Mustard Seed Communities children’s home in Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday. Approximately 30 children with HIV/AIDS were displaced as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown.

“Please keep our children [of Mustard Seed Communities] in your prayers as they go through this traumatic period,” said Father Gregory Ramkissoon, Founder and Executive Director of the Mustard Seed Communities. “The entire building is gone.” Ramkissoon is a member of Food For The Poor, Florida’s Board of Directors.

“Food For The Poor has for many years supported Mustard Seed Communities,” said Susan James, Food For The Poor’s Jamaica Project Manager. “We want to express our most heartfelt sympathies for the communities’ loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the displaced and hospitalized children and caretakers during this difficult time.”

Food For The Poor provides Mustard Seed with renovation supplies, furniture, clothing, bedding, school equipment, household items, toys, medical equipment and supplies.

Robin Mahfood, President/CEO stated, “We have assisted the children of Mustard Seed Community throughout the years and we will continue to do so, especially at their time of need.”

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Since 1982, we have provided clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and emergency relief, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information visit www.foodforthepoor.org.

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Petri-Ann Henry
Tel: 984-5005; 907-3664
Mobile: 442-8854
Email: petriannh@foodforthepoor.com