Support to the Metcalfe Project

What is the project about?

 UNDP and USAID shake hands after the signing of the Metcalfe agreement. Photo Credit: UNDP Jamaica

This project focuses on one of the most problematic aspects of Jamaica’s national security systems – children on remand, the majority of whom are male. With the establishment of the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre (for boys), the intention is that the state will be able to provide a safe, secure and caring environment for boys prior to the resolution of their court cases.


The services at the new Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre include:

  • Medical and mental health screening, assessment and treatment
  • Counselling and other therapeutic interventions
  • Education and skills training
  • Limited farming activities
  • Life skills programmes
  • Behaviour modification
  • Sports / recreational activities
  • Spiritual engagement

Speaking to wardens at the facility and foreign teachers, they expressed the boys' enthusiasm with farming projects and sports programs, saying they had noticed a decrease in the number of incidents amongst the boys themselves since the various programmes had been established in their curricula.

The success of the program has been such that the wardens have expanded the program through the purchase of additional livestock for the farming program and cultivating a vegetable garden, which the boys work to produce their own food.

Who Finances It?

Donor Amount Donated
USAID $350,000.00

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