Over 3,000 undocumented Jamaicans will receive birth certificates under community project

November 27, 2020

More than 3,000 Jamaicans will soon be able to access birth certificates under a partnership between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD).

The support falls under the Integrated Community Development Project – 11 (ICDP – 11), which is being implemented by JSIF through funding from the World Bank.

Since the programme began in 2017, some 6,000 undocumented Jamaicans were able to acquire their birth certificates.

Seven communities have been targeted for assistance under this new phase.

They are August Town, Greenwich Town and Denham Town in Kingston and St Andrew; Treadlight in Clarendon; Salt Spring and Anchovy in St James; and another community to be named.

JSIF has allocated $12 million for the undertaking, with $6.4 million to be paid directly to the RGD, and the remainder will be used to finance key components of the project, which include a social survey, community fairs, and the establishment of contact points in the beneficiary communities.

General Manager for Finance at JSIF, Orville Hill, said that the programme has allowed the agency to see, first-hand, the importance of having a birth certificate, noting that the document provides persons with access to myriad social services.

Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Keeper of Records, RGD, Charlton McFarlane, for his part, noted that it is important for Jamaicans to have a birth certificate.

He said that the document “opens doors for social and economic mobility and enables persons to access jobs, social support, and educational opportunities”.

The ICDP aims to promote public safety and transformation through the delivery of basic infrastructure and social services within 18 communities across seven parishes in Jamaica.

These are Clarendon, Kingston, St Andrew, St Ann, St Catherine, St James, and Westmoreland.

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