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When no one else dared to, for fear of get-
ting caught in the middle of gang warfare in
the Beetham Gardens, Wayne Patrick Jordan
knew he had to stand firm and in his own
words "rescue the children of the commu-
nity," who are often marginalised by socie-
ty.He understands first-hand what abandon-
ment and rejection feel like, having not been
raised by his own parents. Instead he grew up
in St Michael s Home for boys in Diego Martin.
Jordan, 55, who is a certified preschool
teacher, told the T&T Guardian he just had
to do something for the children.
If you pass along the Priority Bus Route,
you might have noticed a building labelled All
In One Child Development Centre. The build-
ing looks pretty good now but in the 1980s,
it was a galvanised shed with no toilet facil-
ities---an abandoned government building in
what was called Shanty Town.
That s where Jordan began to build the lives
of the children in the community and environs,
whose parents could not afford to send them
With the help of some good samaritans and
what he described as a "God-sent" win of
US$10,000 in a competition hosted by British
Gas, Jordan renovated the building and upgrad-
ed it to house 49 children in preschool and
He boasts now of some of his students
moving on to themselves becoming teachers
and high academic achievers.
"All they needed was love and a chance,"
he says with a smile.
Once the centre began to shine in the com-
munity and was accomplishing the job it was
intended to do, it quickly became part of the
Servol project of establishing preschool centres
throughout the country.
At this juncture, more help came from the
Community Service Committee of the Rotary
Club of Central Port-of-Spain. Rotarians such
as Mayor of Port-of-Spain Raymond Tim Kee
and Peter Aleong, then chairman of the club s
Community Service Committee, committed
their assistance to the centre and Jordan s
vision, and are to this day praised by Jordan
who says he is eternally grateful to them.
But All In One is not where Jordan wanted
to stop. After a few years and with new man-
agement, he did it all over again with the Each
One Teach One Child Development Centre.
Twenty-three years later Jordan was at it again,
starting a centre in another abandoned and
vandalised building in 2007.
In August of that year Jordan, who has lived
in the Beetham Gardens since 1984, was
appointed a Servol community outreach officer.
Jordan received a national award for his long-
standing dedication to education and com-
munity services in 1999.
He started the first Each One Teach One
vacation camp, where children in various age
groups were exposed to programmes in sport,
art, drama, cooking, etiquette training, music,
spirit and team-building exercises and more.
On June 5, Jordan launched a preschool. It
now has a fully-tiled floor, three toilets, a day-
care, spacious classroom and stationery sup-
plies, and is embellished with the art and craft
done by the preschoolers.
He said the only thing that s missing now
is an air-conditioning unit, as it gets quite hot
J doing i f om he hea
Parents are not charged monthly fees
because Jordan dedicates all his time and serv-
ices for free. In addition, breakfast and lunch
for students are donated to the centre by
The father of one, Jordan said the centre,
which also caters to older children---like 12-
year-old Josiah Samuel, who receives remedial
teaching---has 55 registered students, who hail
from Morvant, Barataria, Gonzales and even
Diego Martin. Unfortunately not all attend
When we visited the centre on June 12, we
met toddlers on their snack break, sitting qui-
etly eating and interacting with each other.
Some greeted us with smiles and hugs, while
a very shy Jacob Samaroo, four, shed a few
tears at the strangers who had entered the
centre. He later calmed down and was quite
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Ralph Lauren s love for the American flag
and American style earned him high hon-
ours Tuesday from the Smithsonian Insti-
tution, celebrating his five decades in
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton helped present the James
Smithson Bicentennial Medal to the de-
signer at the National Museum of Ameri-
can History following a naturalisation
ceremony for 15 new US citizens. The award
also marks the 200th anniversary of the ac-
tual flag that inspired the national anthem.
Clinton noted that Lauren, 74, is the son
of immigrants from Belarus who grew up in
the Bronx, New York.
"Ralph and his family...could not have
imagined, or maybe they could have when
they landed in the Bronx, that their lives
would be the embodiment of the American
dream," Clinton said. (AP)
Smi h onian Hono Ralph La en fo fa hion
Ralph La en
P incipal of Each One Teach One,
Wayne Jo dan, and behind hi
p e chool p pil a he n eiling
of he chool ne facili y a
Bee ham Ga den . PHOTO
Jordan helps build lives of children
Straight from the heart
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