Ontario carpenters travel to Jamaica to build a house for a family in need


Ontario Construction Report staff writer

Twelve members of the Carpenters’ Union Local 27 equity committee embarked on a humanitarian mission in Chapleton, Clarendon, Jamaica in October.

The group volunteered to build a home for a less fortunate family in need – a new start for a 77-year-old single father who supports his 19-year-old daughter and three-month-old granddaughter.

Radcliff, Joda and Azaria lived in a one-bedroom structure with no bathroom or kitchen and floor boards that were rotten and falling apart. The ceiling was infested with termites and leaked in the rain and the only furniture for the three of them shared one bed.

This October members from the Carpenter’s Local 27 helped build a new home to give Radcliff, Joda and Azaria a safe place to live.

“A heartfelt thank you goes out to Food For The Poor of Canada, Inc. for their invaluable collaboration in making this project a reality,” said Chris Campbell, director of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Carpenters’ Regional Council.

“These committed union members not only covered their own flight and accommodation expenses but also personally supported the cost of this mission.”

Volunteers included members from:

  • Carpenters’ Union Local 27
  • Carpenters’ Regional Council
  • Food For the Poor of Canada, Inc.
  • Food For the Poor Jamaica
  • Toronto Community Benefits Network
  • Building Up
  • Jamaica Information Service

Campbell also offered thanks to Robert Nester Morgan MP of Chapleton, Jamaica supporting the initiative.


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