Local non-profit successfully partners with MV Logos Hope
A local non-profit partnered over the Christmas season with book ship MV Logos Hope to bring joy, fun and development to children of Rose Hall.
The Kenville Horne Sports Academy (KHSA), based in the north leeward community of Rose Hall partnered with Logos Hope to host a number of activities including a Christmas concert for over 150 residents.
Among the activities were a church service at the Rose Hall New Testament Church and a football exhibition match on December 15 at the Rose Hall playing field between a Kenville Horne Sports Academy 7 and a Logos 7 which saw Kenville Horne Sports Academy team defeating the Logos Hope team.
At the football event, the Academy also donated football boots to young footballers in the community. The donation was made by June Russell, a former teacher of Kenville Horne, the founder of the program. The MV Logos Hope team also distributed over 300 pieces of football clothing from popular soccer club Bayern Munich FC in Germany to senior and junior members of the KHSA soccer teams.
On Thursday, December 19, skilled men from the Logos Hope built shelves for the Rose Hall community Library and set up the KHSA book club.
The final activity took place on Friday, December 20, when over 150 children and adults gathered at the Rose Hall Community Center for the KHSA Christmas Concert.
The children were treated to entertainment, free gifts, food and a special presentation from a team from the MV Logos Hope on the subject of Human Trafficking. The logos team educated the concert on the methods used to lure persons into the illegal trade, as well as ways and means to respond if they feel at risk. Three boxes of books were presented to the KHSA and the Rose Hall community library for the upkeep of the library and the book club.
Speaking at the concert, master of ceremonies Marcia Morgan said that the KHSA was set up in 2011 by Kenville Horne, who is better known in the community as Fonando. The program seeks to assist at risk and disadvantaged youth between the ages of 6 and 17 in the community, using the medium of sports – particularly football and cricket.
“Most of the boys and young men who grew up in the village have been a part of this program that Kenville started,” said Morgan.
Horne in his address had high praises for the corporate community who he said came to his assistance despite given short notice for assistance. Among the main sponsors were the National Lotteries Authority, St Vincent Brewery Limited and Subway SVG. Other generous sponsors include ITFX Digital Solutions, Coreas Limited, Gibson Building Supplies, Ministry of Education, SVGFF and PH Veira.
“These companies came to our assistance because they truly care and they want to see all of you happy and doing better,” said Horne to loud applause.
He told the children to always show respect and stay away from a life of crime and violence while reminding them that the library is there for them to utilize and he would love to see more children doing so.
“This partnership with Logos Hope has been extremely beneficial and I want to convey my greatest thank you to them,” said Horne.
A representative from the Logos team also brought words of greetings and encouragement to the gathering, noting that we serve a true and living God. Librarian at the Rose Hall Community Center Arlene Williams expressed thanks to the Logos Hope for building the shelves and donating the books and to Kenville Horne for making the activity a possibility through the partnership with his Academy.