Trench Town SDA Church conducts Health Evangelism Project
Written by: Keith Clarke, Communication Director, Trench Town SDA Church | Friday, February 1, 2019
Residents of the community of Trench Town can now breathe a sigh of relief following a garbage removal project in their community.
The project was undertaken by the Trench Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday, January 3, 2019 as part of its health evangelism programme.
Owen Thomas, Pastor of the Trench Town District of Churches says the initiative coincides with the East Jamaica Conference’s ‘Wholistic Health’ evangelism drive.
“This is one of our projects in this community where we will join hands together with the authorities and the community to see what we can do to make life healthier in the community. The members of the community are exposed to the ravages of diseases particularly with the dengue epidemic which is on us at this time so whatever we can do to possibly prevent or ameliorate the conditions that exist”, explained Pastor Thomas.
With the assistance of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), piles of garbage were removed from a lot at the corner of
West Road and Spanish Town Road.
The project was carried out amidst health concerns for the community.
First Elder Alva Marie Graham noted that the initiative is also “to sensitize the members of the community to manage their waste disposal in a proper way even amidst the challenges”.
“Trench Town is a very vulnerable community and we must do what we can to maintain a clean and healthy environment. If children are exposed to this environment where there are mosquito breeding sites with garbage strewn around, we fear that the dengue threat can become more serious,” added Elder Graham.
Community Health Workers from the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department also conducted public education on the dengue virus.
The department is also scheduled to carry out fogging activities.
Elder Graham said as stakeholders in the community the church wants to do its part.
“We have members living in the community and we come here to worship so it is of concern to us to ensure that the environment where we worship is kept clean and safe”, acknowledged Elder Graham.
“We hope this will not be a one-shot thing but will be an ongoing programme, we must educate the community members on how to keep their environment clean. They do however have a challenge because the authorities for several reasons may not come around as often as they should to remove the garbage; so, we will try to see what we can do in this first instance. This is our community and all of us are stakeholders and we will do what we can, we want everybody to come on board to make this community healthier and happier and more spiritual”, concluded Pastor Thomas.
The project comes ahead of the 12th Global Leadership Summit which will focus on heath. The Summit will be held at the Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay from February 4-8.