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Issued: December 14, 2020                                                                          For Release: Immediately


Subject: USAID to Donate Tablet Computers and a 16-Seater Bus to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA)

Kingston, Jamaica: A Handover Ceremony will be held at The University Regional Headquarters in Kingston on Wednesday, December 16 at 1:30p.m., for the donation of 1500 tablet computers and a 15-seater bus to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA).  The donation is part of a multi-agency project, the ‘Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care’ (TLP-CSC) project, which supports citizen safety and security. The project is being implemented by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through a grant of US$4.34 Million.

The Hon. Fayval Williams, Minister of Education, Youth and Information will deliver the Main Address. The Hon. Robert Nesta Morgan, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will accept the donation together with Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey, Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.  In attendance will be Mr. Jason Fraser, Country Representative, USAID/Jamaica, Dr. Luz Longsworth, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs and Principal of The UWI Open Campus.  Professor Julie Meeks Gardner, Principal Investigator for the project and the Director of Graduate Studies and Research, The UWI Open Campus will chair the event.   

The TLP-CSC project is a six-year project which uses a multi-dimensional approach to preparing wards of the State, for a smooth transition into independent living. The major components of the project include providing safe housing, skills training, life skills coaching and mentorship for youth, and organizational capacity strengthening at the Child Protection and Family Services Agency through support of the Child Case Management System, Mental Health programme and supplementation of transportation needs.


About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and 􀏐ive campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ); The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

The UWI offers over 800 certi􀏐icate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and 2019, then top 20 in 2020. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. For more, visit (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


The US Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.


About the Child Protection and Family Services Agency

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formed out of a merger of the Child Development Agency and the Office of Children’s Registry, is a leader in Jamaica’s child protection system, with a combined legacy reputation for our work in promoting child-friendly policies and ground-breaking programmes to strengthen families. The CPFSA is under the purview of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and works collaboratively with the OCA, the JCF, and other government agencies.